If energy needs to be saved, there are good ways to do it.
                                                               Government product regulation is not one of them

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Learning about Lighting

Nicely laid out lighting learning project Discover Lighting, from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Discover Lighting includes an introduction into: A Brief History of Lighting, The Science of Light, Electric Light Sources, Lighting Applications and Sustainability topics.

As you Discover Lighting, you will also be introduced to the language of light. Throughout the course, lighting vocabulary is provided via roll-over links.

0. Introduction                                          1. History    


2. Science                                             3. Sources


    4. Applications                                       5. Sustainability


6. Are You Illuminated? (Lighting Test, after completing the chapters)

Once you have completed the course, you will have a chance to test your level of illumination. You must first, however, visit each chapter of Discover Lighting, and answer the short questions in the Fact or Fiction section of each page. Once you have attempted each Fact or Fiction question, you will be allowed to take the full test. If you pass, a certificate of completion will be mailed to the address you provided during registration.

I tested registration, is free OK, though only necessary anyway for those who want to do the questions and answers.

About the Illuminating Engineering Society, from their own information...

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over 100 years; its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.

IES is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and a vehicle for its members' professional development and recognition. Through technical committees, with hundreds of qualified individuals from the lighting and user communities, IES correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting professionals and lay persons via consensus-based lighting recommendations.

The Society publishes nearly 100 varied technical publications, and works cooperatively with related organizations on a variety of programs and in the production of jointly published documents and standards.

Local IES Sections and many lighting corporations offer formal educational programs on lighting, utilizing material developed by IES. Sections offer programs related to specific applications based on IES standards - seminars on sports and recreational lighting, lighting industrial facilities, roadway lighting, museum lighting, to name a few. Virtually every curriculum devoted to lighting - from beginner to advanced - includes IES educational materials.

IES is almost 8,000 members strong. Its members work with lighting in a variety of capacities - lighting designers, architects, interior designers, government & utility personnel, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and educators - throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico - and around the world. They share a common interest in lighting, and a common desire to promote the use of the latest, most innovative lighting technologies, with a focus on judicious use of energy in all lighting applications.


sheila, boston said...

that's great
the course questions are laid out in a humorous way too

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a 4th option for lightbulbs- instead of deciding which one to purchase- an old one, a more efficient one, or none at all, they could also be printed on paper with a 3D printer such as the RepRap: http://openwetware.org/wiki/User:Giovanni_Lostumbo#High_Priority_Projects

Lighthouse said...

Thanks, missed that comment the other day, was in spam folder - your project link again:

OLED Polymer types,
more here, are indeed an example of how LED technology can use advantages innate to that technology - rather than winnning awards like Philips, as covered in recent blog posts, for simply copying an incandescent, down to a fixed 2700K color temperature...

Halogenica said...

Good introduction to lighting! I liked this comment:

"Ever bump into a lighting person at the theater or in a crowded restaurant? It happens all the time - they're the ones always looking up at the ceiling instead of watching where they're going. The are forever fascinated by lighting."

Haha, that's me! Wherever I go, I always check the lighting (and make mental notes of my impressions).

"Another thing lighting people have in common, are tales of discovery. Most explain that they caught the lighting bug quite by accident, and can often be heard retelling stories to our colleagues about how they first entered this dynamic industry."

Well, I'm not an industry person but I got bitten by the bug alright! 20 years ago, and still at it... :)

Lighthouse said...

Yes... "lighting can strike you" when you least expect it in different locations ;-)

Lighthouse said...

Rakhi, ik hou ook van vloer lampen
While a link promo for floor lamps (though most seem to be table lamps in the link), fair point about the comparative advantages they may have. Plus it brings in the aspect that lighting is also about enclosure types and positions, not just the bulb or other source within, the latter being the main focus of this anti bulb regulation blog.