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lighting design

lighting design

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Most lighting design courses are highly technical and specialised, combining electrical knowledge and  engineering with design skills. This lighting design course is the first lighting design course of its kind to focus specifically on interior lighting for lighting designers. On this lighting design course you’ll learn how to achieve a variety of lighting effects and how to select all the components that are an essential part of every good lighting design (ie. lamps, luminaires and controls). You’ll also learn how to produce plans & specifications so you can work knowledgably with clients and alongside other professionals (ie. other lighting designers, architects & electricians).

Lighting design is an exciting and challenging field and if you love diversity and being creative then you are well suited to becoming a lighting designer. Until recently, lighting was viewed as a mere necessity; something we merely need to see our environment and the space we occupy. It is now widely understood that the quality of lighting can also affect our health and safety, impact our mood and even influence the way we behave within certain spaces. Quality lighting design can enrich the quality of our lives, but retro-fitting presents many difficulties so lighting designers must envision, plan and implement their lighting design during the earliest phases of building construction. This is one of the challenges of lighting designers…

Good lighting designers are problem solvers, determining where light is needed and designing it with economy and creative flair. Successful completion of this lighting design course will enable you to do the same and join the ranks of new lighting designers with confidence!

STUDY METHOD: 100% online with 1 to 1 tutor support

START DATE: Enrol anytime and work to your own pace and schedule

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: None – just the ability to read & write clearly, commitment and a willingness to learn

DURATION: You will have 8 months to complete the course. Paid extensions are available if required.

HOW IT WORKS: Continuous Assessment/No Exams – There are 5 Modules in this course. Each module has an assignment so you can put into practice what you have learned. You’ll receive personal feedback from your tutor for each assignment so you continually improve. At the end of the course you will complete a Final Project bringing together everything you have learned throughout the course and integrating your skills. The work you complete is deliberately structured so that as you complete your projects you will simultaneously build a great portfolio.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: An internationally recognised qualification (with university credits) and a fantastic portfolio. This will provide you with a powerful tool to SHOW what you can do and help you get work as quickly as possible.
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Introduction

Few of us realize that when Thomas Edison invented the electrical light bulb just over 100 years ago, he changed the world by giving us instant control over our environment and the freedom to work, play, and learn virtually anywhere and anytime. While Edison’s invention was a milestone in our history, continued innovation has resulted in lighting components that are far more effective, efficient and economical than the basic tungsten filament bulb, yet Edison’s most famous invention continued to be the most widely used lighting source until very recently. Lighting design is undoubtedly one of the few industries where there appears to be unlimited potential for transformation, growth and creative design solutions…

Until recently, lighting was viewed as a mere necessity; a design component that plays an essential role in our ability to perceive our environment and the space we occupy. While this is true, it is now widely understood that the quality of lighting can also affect our heath and safety, impact our mood and even influence the way we behave within certain spaces. Quality lighting systems can enrich the quality of our lives, but retro-fitting presents many difficulties so the lighting scheme must be envisioned, designed and implemented during the earliest phases of building design. This is the challenge and the role of the lighting designer! Following is an overview of what you will learn… 

Introduction

Few of us realize that when Thomas Edison invented the electrical light bulb just over 100 years ago, he changed the world by giving us instant control over our environment and the freedom to work, play, and learn virtually anywhere and anytime. While Edison’s invention was a milestone in our history, continued innovation has resulted in lighting components that are far more effective, efficient and economical than the basic tungsten filament bulb, yet Edison’s most famous invention continued to be the most widely used lighting source until very recently. Lighting design is undoubtedly one of the few industries where there appears to be unlimited potential for transformation, growth and creative design solutions…

Until recently, lighting was viewed as a mere necessity; a design component that plays an essential role in our ability to perceive our environment and the space we occupy. While this is true, it is now widely understood that the quality of lighting can also affect our heath and safety, impact our mood and even influence the way we behave within certain spaces. Quality lighting systems can enrich the quality of our lives, but retro-fitting presents many difficulties so the lighting scheme must be envisioned, designed and implemented during the earliest phases of building design. This is the challenge and the role of the lighting designer! Following is an overview of what you will learn…

Understanding Light

Light is not what we see but what we see by, yet this abstract and intangible design component clearly has a significant influence on our perception of our environment and whether or not our visual experience is pleasant or not. How is it that something as ethereal as light can impact us so significantly and more importantly perhaps, how can it be adjusted and manipulated to enhance our experiences so that we can reap the benefits? The answer lies in a basic understanding of what exactly light is and how we perceive it… 

Ordinarily lighting theory can be a highly technical and complex subject, but in this course the essentials are explained in everyday language with clear examples to illustrate the relevant points for you as a Lighting Designer. Anyone who wishes to design successful lighting schemes must understand these fundamentals and the knowledge you will learn on this course will give you the vocabulary and confidence to communicate professionally with clients and justify your design solutions in a manner that is informed and persuasive. Topics covered include the following:

  • Daylighting techniques – working with and enhancing natural light
  • Whole building design – co-ordinating lighting design with other building systems
  • Adaptation Levels – understanding the way the human eye adapts to different light levels
  • Glare – how it occurs and how to avoid it
  • Colour and light – understanding the connection between colour and light and how different types of light affect colour rendition
  • Selecting lamps – the various types of bulbs, their lighting types, uses & recommendations
  • Successful lighting schemes – identifying the differences between good and bad lighting designs

Lighting Effects & How to achieve them

Lighting can be skilfully used to make a space appear smaller or larger, and it can highlight decorative details and draw attention away from unwanted areas. While different bulbs can drastically affect the way that colour appears, the type of fittings will also determine how light is dispersed within a room and whether the result is a warm glow or an uncomfortable glare. In short, effective lighting can create a variety of moods and atmospheres that can be immediately changed with the flick of a switch, and in this context it’s easy to understand how a lighting scheme can make or break an interior design…

Just as we have many moods and numerous tasks to perform throughout the course of a normal day, our lighting requirements will also change throughout the day. These are the most commonly recognised and critical factors in designing any lighting scheme, but they are still just some of the details to consider when you are designing a lighting system for maximum impact. This course will teach you about the various types of lighting effects and how to mix and match them to suit each client’s unique requirements. You will learn…

  • Categories of lighting – discover the different types of lighting effects and how to achieve them
  • Lighting fixtures – understand how fixtures disperse light and how to use them practically in your lighting designs
  • Flexible lighting design – how to develop lighting designs that adapt with the users’ needs & mood
  • Planning lighting effectively – assessing the characteristics of a space so that you can design a lighting scheme that is effective and appropriate for long-term client satisfaction

Lighting Controls & Switches

The convenience of turning off the main light without getting out of bed is a relatively simple one, but it is just one of those little details that makes life more comfortable on an everyday basis. Similarly, the ability to turn on all the lamps in a room with the flick of a single switch is preferable to switching on each lamp individually. While these examples may be simple, they illustrate how a little thought and planning can increase our comfort significantly, yet these details must be considered at the outset…

A proper lighting design will take into account how the occupants of a building will live and function within a space, and all the components of that design will be carefully selected to create a lighting system that is as pleasing to operate as it is to enjoy. Designing a lighting system for ease of use is not rocket science, it simply requires knowledge of the types of switches and control systems available, along with careful consideration as to how your clients will interact with their environment. Once you learn about the essential components of a lighting system, then you can combine them to create unique lighting systems to cater for your clients individual requirements. This course will teach you…

  • Control mechanisms – learn about the variety of switches and trigger mechanisms and how to use them appropriately
  • Assessing client requirements – use our simple questionnaire to determine your clients’ needs
  • Attention to detail – learn how a little forethought can result in seemingly small differences that result in referrals & recommendations
  • Selecting hardware & finishes – selection and placement of components from an aesthetic perspective

Design Communication

Once you have mastered the new knowledge and skills taught throughout this course, you will undoubtedly develop your ability to design fabulous new lighting schemes and effects. However, like any good idea, a fantastic lighting design is no good if it simply remains inside your head; your design ideas must be communicated clearly and accurately to a variety of different people if you want them to be implemented in the way that you envision…

The final step to creating a successful lighting design is to develop produce a set of clear instructions so that the design can be implemented according to your vision. Essentially specifications are simply a set of instructions that precisely indicate what you want installed and where they should be positioned, yet to be truly effective, they must appeal to an architects sense of professionalism and technical accuracy, yet still be simple enough for the contractor on-site to clearly understand your intentions. Getting this balance right is not difficult once you know how, and our simple formula for creating foolproof specifications and lighting plans will show you how to produce these detailed specifications so that work can be carried out even if you are not on site to oversee. Topics covered include:

  • Architectural drawings – interpreting & working with architectural plans and elevations
  • Reflected Ceiling plans – a shortcut to creating professional working drawings
  • Wiring & switching plans – what you need to know and what you should avoid
  • Specifications – the easy way to create clear instructions so your lighting designs are implemented accurately
  • Professional Presentation – how to create client briefs that sell your ideas and your professionalism!

Conclusion

Lighting design is ordinarily a highly technical and specialised subject, combining electrical knowledge and engineering with design skills. However, this is the first course of its kind to focus specifically on interior lighting design. This lighting design course will teach you how to identify, recreate and then manipulate the effects of lighting in a positive manner so that you can design successful lighting schemes for clients again and again. Lighting design is an exciting and challenging field and if you love diversity and enjoy the opportunity to be creative then this might be just what you’re looking for. Good lighting designers are problem solvers, determining where light is needed and designing it with economy and creative flair. Successful completion of this course will enable you to do the same. Enrol now and light up the world!

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IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to professional design interior lighting schemes and achieve an internationally recognised qualification. Lighting design industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries and numerous job opportunities exist. This course is also recommended for anyone working in the following industries…

Interior Designers & Architects (particularly for CPD)
Staff working for lighting suppliers and showrooms
Electrical contractors (to offer additional design services)

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