Fundamentals of Lighting - Fall 2016
$400 – $450
Fundamentals of Lighting - Fall 2016

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NAIT Lab A182

11762 106 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1


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(Seven Wednesday Evenings)

This course offers an introductory look into the many facets of lighting; from physics and biology behind vision, to sustainable design and energy efficiency.  Students will learn basic terms and concepts in all of these facets, including;

  • Light, vision and colour, history of light, professional practice
  • Electric light sources and auxiliary devices
  • Daylighting
  • Luminaires
  • Controls
  • Photometry, metrics and computer calculations
  • Lighting system economics, codes and standards
  • Lighting design process and techniques, sustainability and commissioning
  • Lighting for interiors
  • Lighting for exteriors


Class Dates & Modules

October 26 - Basic Lighting Concepts, Vision-Colour & Codes, Standards and Economics
November 2 - Luminaires, Controls and Daylighting
November 9 - Electric Light Sources and Ballasts
November 16 - Photometry and Lighting Calculations
November 23 - Tour of Lighting & Controls at Rogers Place
November 30 - Lighting Design Process, Commissioning, Lighting for Interiors
December 7 - Lighting for Exteriors


Included as part of the class will be one evening site tour of a the recently completed Rogers Place arena, which will be held the evening of November 23rd at no extra charge to the students.  Further details, including the time and meeting location, are to be determined and will be announced in a follow-up Eventbrite invite.

A special discount is available for registered post-secondary students.  

This course is approved for 18 hours of IES-CEU, AIA-LU credits and 18 structured learning hours with AAA.
Space is limited to 20 students.  Registrations must be received by October 21, 2016.
A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged if cancelled before October 14th. After that date a refund of 50% will be provided.

The Fundamentals of Lighting course book is available in electronic format only, and MUST be ordered at an additional fee from the IESNA website prior to attending the first class. It will not be made available at the class.  Please order your course material from the following link:  Please note that the PDF you purchase can only be opened on one device.


Steve Eriksen
(IES Edmonton – Section Member)

Steve Eriksen is Northern Alberta’s manufacturer representative for Lutron Electronics. With over 18 years of experience in the electrical industry Steve has watched the evolution of lighting and how we control it come to the forefront of the “green” movement. Specializing in all things lighting control with nearly 5 years real world application and design of these systems, his focus has always been on control as a method of energy savings. He also has extensive knowledge of the programming logic across the entire line which is instrumental in determining which product is right for each individual application. Steve has done programming and design assisting work on many standout projects here in Edmonton including the new Edmonton Arena, Edmonton International Airport Renaissance Marriott, Simon’s WEM, City of Edmonton Meadows Community Recreation Centre, and numerous Joey, Earls, and Cactus Club restaurants.

Trina Larsen, P. Eng., M. Sc., LEED AP+
(IES Edmonton – Education Co-Chair)

Trina Larsen is an Electrical Engineer with a passion for sustainable design, lighting design and implementation. She is an Associate with Dialog™, a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm. Over the past 18 years, Trina has been fortunate to work on a variety of projects types, including religious institutions, recreation facilities, museums, offices, health care, schools, and more. The majority of these projects involved sustainable building principles and building energy conservation.

Trina is a past president of Section 79 of the IESNA, and served on the IES commissioning committee for Design Guide 29-11. Several of her projects have received recognition with an IES Award of Merit.

Sunil Nakai, P. Eng., MBA, PMP, LC, LEED BD+C
(IES Edmonton – Board of Managers)

Sunil Nakai is a Senior Electrical Engineer at SMP Engineering, an Alberta-based Electrical Engineering consulting firm. Sunil has a broad range of Electrical design experience having to do with a variety of educational, institutional, office, recreational, and entertainment buildings, for both new design as well as renovation. Sunil specializes in and provides a strong in-depth knowledge for lighting design, focusing on innovative and creative approaches which suit clients’ needs. Additionally he is well-versed with the industry’s various lighting software programs as well as various lighting control technologies and platforms.

Ryan Sonnenberg
(IES Edmonton – Vice President)

Ryan comes to LSW Lighting by way of a decade’s worth of experience at the manufacturing and contractor levels in the electrical field. Supplementing his work experience is several Philips Lighting Certifications, including courses in Lighting Theory, Ballasts and other advanced lighting technology courses. Ryan was also the first person in Canada to achieve the Philips Lighting LED certification. Ryan came to find his passion in lighting, as a teenager, when he read a pamphlet about lighting technologies. This led to his discovery that lighting can be used to positively influence the everyday lives of people. Since that moment, he has strived to achieve that ideal for his customers.

Lance Warner, LC
(IES Edmonton – Section Member)

Lance is a Principal at Richard McDonald and Associates/Wow Lighting, a Lighting Representative Agency that has served Alberta for over 60 years. He has been around lighting most of his life, starting with a part time job as a teenager and returning for a 25+ year career in the industry. He has been proud and fortunate to have been involved in some of the largest, and smallest, lighting projects in the Province over that time. Dealing with an array of consultants, contractors, distributors and end users has allowed him to participate and contribute to the creativity, diversity and progressive nature of the lighting industry in Alberta. This is possible due to the belief instilled early that none of this is achievable without a strong, continuing education as a foundation.

Colin Wright, B. Sc.
(IES Edmonton – Board of Managers)

Colin Wright is the “W” in LSW Lighting and has worked 25 years in the lighting industry. You can often find him working behind the scenes on stage productions and as a member of the crew for various live bands.

Colin loves working with people on the design team to get the lighting to work out just right. It is a moment of pride when the outcome of the design matches the concept perfectly. He takes on a mentor role with the up and comers in the lighting industry, to help them stay current with technology and environmental factors.

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