Fundamentals of Light – In-Person Class

This three day in-person course provides participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of illumination. It gives a comprehensive overview of basic lighting principles, lamp and luminaire types, lighting calculations, and controls, as well as functional and aesthetic applications best practices. This course is ideal for architects, engineers, designers, contractors, sales reps, customer service reps, manufacturers, distributors, and students. Find full description for each module below.

CEUs: 25 CEUs, 25 LU-HSW approved based on course completion (does not qualify for NCQLP CEUs).


  • Friday October 27th  8am-5pm | The Lighting Group; 1021 S Bailey St, Seattle WA, 98108
  • Friday November 3rd8am-5pm | Electrical Reps West 5811 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Saturday November 4th8am-3pm | Electrical Reps West 5811 6th Ave S, Seattle WA 98108

Location: TBD in Seattle Area

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

Format: Each module will include 2 hours of instruction followed by a Quiz and Q&A Session.  Sessions will be taught by local section lighting experts.


$350 IES members$475 non-members$225 Emerging Professional Members$125 Students


+ IES Course Materials
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Class materials will be $100 for members, EPS, and Students; $125 for non-members.

Materials must be purchased directly from the IES web site.

  • New to lighting?  Not a member yet?  For new Eps, $100 of EP membership cost will be reimbursed to student on successful completion of the class. (to be confirmed)
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade program.
  • Note: IES Sustaining Members Receive 10% Discount on course materials

Students Must Register by Friday, October 20th.

Questions?  Contact Shaun Darragh at Seattle Section Education Chair

IES Seattle Fundamentals of Lighting In-Person

Learning Modules

Friday October 27th 

Class introductions and format discussion

Module 1:  Introduction to Light and Lighting  A brief history of light and lighting. Professional practice. The physics of light. Vision. Color. Light and health

Module 2: Electric Light Sources  Introduction to electric light sources. Legacy sources. Incandescent. Fluorescent. High Intensity Discharge. Solid state

Lunch Break

Module 3: Daylighting Introduction to daylighting. Characteristics of daylight. Delivering daylight. Integrating daylight and electric light. View. Modeling daylight

Module 4: Luminaires (Portland: Mariel Acevedo & Vancouver: Colin Macduff). Introduction to luminaires. Luminaire optics. Classification. Mounting. Interior luminaires. Exterior luminaires

Friday November 3rd

Module 5: Lighting Controls  Introduction to Lighting Controls. Dimming. Sensors: presence detection. Sensors: light detection. Networked systems. General Considerations

Module 6:  Metrics, photometry, calculations, and rendering  Introduction. Photometry: Lab and Reports. Calculations. Point method calculations. Lumen method calculations. Computer modeling. Field Measurements

Lunch Break

Module 7:  Codes & Standards, and Practice Introduction.  Electrical and Building Codes. Energy Codes. Aspirational Standards. Lighting Standards. Economics

Module 8: : Lighting for interior environments Fundamentals of lighting design. Languages of lighting design. Visibility and comfort. Visual experience. Attraction and display. Light and architecture. Wellness and sustainability

Saturday November 4th

Module 9: Lighting for exterior environments Lighting for dark environments. Parks, campuses, and civic spaces. Streets and roadways. Parking facilities. Athletic facilities. Facades and landscapes. Sustainability and wellness

Module 10:  Review. Lighting basics. Vision & Perception (color, contrast). Daylight, Electric Light, Controls. Light & Professional Practice. Balancing Needs and Sustainability. Resources.

Lunch Break

AME: Ask me anything. Your time to discuss anything in the course you’d like to go over again or may still be unclear.

Class Exam and Review

Note: Specific module order may vary based on instructor availability.

Course Overview