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CU Boulder Announces Architectural Lighting Certificate

The University of Colorado Boulder has established a new professional graduate certificate in architectural lighting.

The University of Colorado Boulder has established a new professional graduate certificate in architectural lighting.

The program is designed for industry professionals to build their competence in the field, contribute more to their companies, and further advance their careers by earning college credits and achieving a professional credential granted by a university.

“This program is designed for people who are working in the industry but who haven’t had any formal education in lighting,” said Sandra Vásconez, co-director of the program and a senior instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at CU Boulder. “People come into lighting from many different backgrounds. This certificate program provides a strong foundation for taking your career to the next level.”

With three required courses, the certificate expands on the university’s highly regarded Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy (RMLA), which has offered four-day summer courses since 2013.

“RMLA courses give lighting professionals a small-group on-campus experience that can quickly extend their knowledge and skills in lighting,” Vásconez said. “But we’ve noticed that some people desire a deeper-level of instruction with more time to process information and dive a little deeper into key topics. That led us to design this new certificate program to give people who have no previous university-level lighting education the time develop a deeper understanding and skill level and better position themselves for the next steps in their career.”

The certificate consists of three required sequential courses, two of which are completed online.

  • Architectural Lighting I (online – Sept-Dec)
  • Architectural Lighting 2 (online – Jan-April)
  • Architectural Lighting Capstone (week-long in-person intensive course on the Boulder campus in May or June)

“The first two classes offers students the chance to learn on their own time over the course of an academic year, whenever they have time to take in the videos, do assignments, complete hands-on project work, and then meet twice a week to discuss what they’ve learned,” Vásconez said. “The capstone course brings students to campus to learn, touch and feel lighting equipment, do lab measurements, and work with industry software during a weeklong intensive. It really synthesizes all the material they’ve been learning over the school year.”

Enrollment for the certificate opens on April 12. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree in any subject. Classes begin Sept. 9.

Interested individuals should visit the program website for more details and application information.

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LIGHTFAIR to Offer Industry Mentorship Program

LIGHTFAIR recently announced it will offer a new lighting professional mentorship program in the spring of 2021.

LIGHTFAIR recently announced it will offer a new lighting professional mentorship program in the spring of 2021.

The six-month program creates opportunities for experienced and emergent professionals to connect on-to-one, culminating in an in-person networking event at LIGHTFAIR 2021, October 25-29, in New York City.

Some 18 professionals from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and leading design firms have been handpicked by the LIGHTFAIR team to serve as the inaugural mentors. Confirmed mentors include Lee Brandt, principal, HLB Lighting Design; Jessica Krometis, senior designer, Hartranft Lighting Design; Mark Loeffler, principal, Mark Loeffler Design Consulting, LLC; Caitlin Mulligan, specification sales manager of business development & key accounts, SCI Lighting Solutions; Giuliov Pedota, partner, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners / Lighting Designers; Kathy Prysgoda, founding principal, Light Studio LA; Lisa Reed, founding principal, Envision Lighting Design; Daniel Salinas, president | lighting design systems designer, Salinas Lighting Consult; and Chrysanthi Stockwell, associate vice president, senior lighting designer and engineering market leader HGA. They will be matched with mentees based on their area of specialty and interest.

Mentors and mentees will be expected to check in at least once per month after they are connected until LIGHTFAIR 2021. They also will be expected to participate in a private LinkedIn group and report on the program to LIGHTFAIR.

In addition to a dedicated connection to an experienced lighting professional, mentees will also receive a three-day exhibit hall pass for LIGHTFAIR 2021, one 60-90 min conference session, and complimentary registration to the New Attendee Orientation & Tour at the show.

Click here to learn more.

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Teaching Children About Light

Lighting design firm Nulty has published a series of worksheets that very effectively teach young children about light.

Lighting design firm Nulty has published a series of worksheets that very effectively teach young children about light.

Called Learn to Light, the worksheets teach color, refraction, reflection, dispersion, and shadow play through simple concepts, experiments, and relating light to what they see where they live.

The worksheets are aimed at children aged four through seven.

Click here to download them.

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IES Lighting Library Is Now Available for Purchase

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently announced The Lighting Library is available for purchase. The new Library updates, expands, and replaces the 2010 Lighting Handbook and previous versions of the Society’s standards.

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently announced The Lighting Library is available for purchase. The new Library updates, expands, and replaces the 2010 Lighting Handbook and previous versions of the Society’s standards.

This is a new digital platform to access IES standards, offering easier, more functional lighting knowledge tool in the office or on the go.

Click here to learn more.

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IESNYC Announces Recipients of 2020 Thesis Awards

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) honored Kasia Kozak,  MS in Lighting, at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA Lighting Design Parsons the School of Design, and Ivan Zamora, Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), on October 28, 2020 when they presented their winning theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. The IESNYC awarded each recipient $2,000.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) honored Kasia Kozak,  MS in Lighting, at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA Lighting Design Parsons the School of Design, and Ivan Zamora, Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), on October 28, 2020 when they presented their winning theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. The IESNYC awarded each recipient $2,000.

The IESNYC Thesis Awards recognizes degree candidates at graduate-level lighting programs in New York State, though this year, the presentation was held post-graduation.  Selected by their professors, each one of the three theses demonstrate excellence in design and/or research, and represent the intellectual insight, rigor, and quality standards as set forth by their respective school departments and each student’s thesis committee.

The recipients:

Kasia Kozak earned her MS in Lighting at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated in 2016.

Thesis: Evaluating LED Street Lighting Upgrades for Troy, New York

The motivation for the project was that the city of Troy, NY (where the LRC is based) had announced an upcoming plan to convert the city’s streetlights to LED. At the start of the project various LED fixtures were under consideration by the City. This project intended to provide a recommendation on what LED fixtures would provide the most value to the City. Value was considered not only by the decrease in energy consumption, but also in the improvement of the lighting conditions. The project concluded with the development of a customizable streetlight fixture recommendation tool. It is based on the use of a criteria ranking system that allows the resulting recommendation to adapt to the needs of different parts of a city. By using the recommendation tool to evaluate a combination of factors, light fixture recommendations were determined.

 

Trinetra Manickavasagam is an MFA Lighting Design Graduate from Parsons School of Design, with an undergraduate degree in architecture. She was also one of two recipients of the 2020 Richard Kelly Grant.

Thesis: The Study of Potential Colour Shifts in White LEDs While Dimming in Order to Understand the Measured Aspects of Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) and other Colour Metrics

The lighting industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how a fixture is going to perform. The general assumption and conventional wisdom are that LEDs do not change in CCT when dimmed unless they are warm-dim technology. Is this an assumption or reality? Information regarding CCT and other properties like SPD, CRI and CIE chromaticity coordinate values of LEDs, when they are dimmed is not readily available. This study focuses on evaluating white LED’s when dimmed by evaluating the measured changes in advanced metrics like the TM-30, CIE chromaticity and CRI for different sources.

 

 

Ivan Zamora received his Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design (MPS-L) in New York School of interior Design. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador in 2019.

Thesis: Jordan in Nature

Nature can provide us with the most beautiful designs. Multiple phenomena of nature are implemented in this sports store. The stars, sun, moon, and thunder take over the store. Jordan represents power in its brand and combined with the dominant elements in nature, the store offers a unique experience to its customers. Three floors are part of the store, each with a unique concept: outer space, the sunrise, and the aurora borealis. Technology is in charge of transforming these elements into light fixtures that will provide staff and customers a wonderful place to shop and work.

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Lighting Controls Association Offers Two Free Webinars and Publishes New Course

The Lighting Controls Association now offers two YouTube webinars on tunable-white lighting and automatic plug load control, plus a new course on integrating lighting control and building automation systems.

The Lighting Controls Association now offers two YouTube webinars on tunable-white lighting and automatic plug load control, plus a new course on integrating lighting control and building automation systems.

I presented the webinars in my role as education director for the LCA. The 30-minute tunable-white webinar provides a deep overview of tunable-white lighting, covering benefits and applications, advantages and disadvantages, color basics, the different types of color-tunable lighting, hardware and protocols, specification issues, and more. The shorter automatic plug load control webinar provides an overview of approaches used to automatically control plug loads in commercial buildings, covering code requirements, strategies, devices, system integration, and key decision-making points. Check them out anytime below:

Authored by C. Webster Marsh of HLB Lighting Design, the integration course covers integrators and key decision points when integrating a lighting control and building automation system. Check it out by clicking here and then clicking on the Education Express tab.

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LEDs Virtual Conference Sessions Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

At the end of September, LEDs Magazine held a virtual lighting conference. The sessions are now available for on-demand viewing.

At the end of September, LEDs Magazine held a virtual lighting conference. The sessions are now available for on-demand viewing.

All are worth a watch. I particularly enjoyed the closing plenary, where several industry thought leaders explore how the lighting industry could embrace technology to make its business and sales practices more efficient, and why that has been slow to happen. It’s a very lively and engaging discussion.

Click here to check out the sessions. Registration is required.

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PNNL Releases Whitepaper on DC Lighting and DC Microgrid Technologies

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently released a new whitepaper characterizing the current state of DC lighting and DC building microgrid technologies and opportunities to combine them.


Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently released a new whitepaper characterizing the current state of DC lighting and DC building microgrid technologies and opportunities to combine them.

In developing the paper, PNNL reviewed the latest research, interviewed manufacturers and experts, and issued an RFI to industry that received 46 responses.

The paper identifies a growing market of available technologies along with significant potential benefits to the combined technologies, including energy savings, resiliency, reliability, and reduced costs.

Check it out here.

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Trinetra Manickavasagam and Yulia Tyukhova Receive 2020 Richard Kelly Grant

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant selected Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA and Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, as recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant. The Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light.

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant selected Trinetra Manickavasagam, MFA and Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, as recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant. The Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light. Since its inception in 1980, more than 50 lighting designers, researchers, artists, and innovators have received the grant. Cash awards will be granted to the recipients along with recognition for preserving and incorporating Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm, and reverence for light in their own work.

Trinetra Manickavasagam recently received her MFA in Lighting Design from Parson School of Design. She received a Grant for her work that examines the perception of source color changes in LEDs while dimming. Manickavasagam applied an evidence-based design process to determine if commercially available luminaires change color temperature when operated at different intensities. She intends to continue her research in order to evaluate whether her measured results can be correlated with viewer perceptions.

Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, received a Grant for her research in the fields of discomfort glare and lighting quality. Dr. Tyukhova is an independent researcher who has been a leader in the area of Discomfort Glare in the Outdoor Nighttime Environment (DGONE). Her work has included measuring and defining discomfort glare from bright light sources in high contrast environments. She was able to use this knowledge to develop a patented luminaire that minimizes glare potential. Dr.Tyukhova has also been an active spokesperson and educator on the topic of DGONE and has delivered an IES Education Webinar on the subject.

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Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy Announces Fall 2020 Architectural Lighting Course

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy’s new Architectural Lighting I course is available to non-degree-seeking students from the professional community.

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy’s new Architectural Lighting I course is available to non-degree-seeking students from the professional community.

The course includes weekly lectures and readings accessed online at the student’s convenience on top of two 90-minute class sessions per week with course instructors for interactive discussion and problem-solving. The course is valued at three credits from University of Colorado, Boulder toward the proposed new Professional Graduate Certificate in Lighting.

Click here to learn more.

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