Your IES section offers its members and the local community a number of opportunities for lighting education. These include:

Lighting Basics

Typically offered in September or October each year, Lighting Basics is a half day course on basic lighting concepts with an emphasis on a not overly technical coverage of the terminology used in lighting. This is a locally developed course and has been designed to meet the needs of those who need to understand lighting as part of their jobs but who are not necessarily employed full-time in a lighting role. It is a good choice for support and administrative staff who can benefit from an understanding of lighting terminology, lighting distributor inside sales and counter staff, those new to the industry, and others who would like to may want to ease their way into more advanced topics.

Fundamentals of Lighting

Usually offered in October – November, Fundamentals of Lighting (FOL) is a 10 module course developed by the Society and used across North America. It serves as a more in-depth, introductory course and serves those looking for more than the basics.

The newly revamped course materials include:

  • New technologies – types, compatibility, and sustainability
  • Additional examples and vocabulary for human perception, vision, and wellness
  • New focus on retention and vocabulary building through visual cues
  • New resource slides
  • Emphasis on comprehension, application, and critical thinking


FOL consists of:

  1. Introduction to Light & Lighting
  2. Electric Light Sources
  3. Daylighting
  4. Luminaires
  5. Lighting Controls
  6. Metrics, Photometry, Calculations, & Rendering
  7. Codes, Standards, and Practice
  8. Lighting for Interior Environments
  9. Lighting for Exterior Environments
  10. Review

Understanding Light Emitting Diodes

This course deals with the how, why, what and when to use LEDs in General Lighting Applications. Developed locally in response to requests from some of our members, this one day offering takes the students on a journey of discovery, moving from how LEDs are made, how white light is produced, and deals with topics such as colour, life, depreciation, drivers, lighting controls, design and lighting calculation challenges (with special consideration on how to choose light loss factors), and more. Each of the relevant IES standards documents are discussed with a particular emphasis on those that are commonly referenced and those that should be.

Understanding Light Emitting Diodes had been developed to address the needs of lighting practitioners, specifiers, building managers, sales professionals and anyone who feels they need a stronger understanding of this rapidly evolving technology.

Other seminars and courses

The IES has developed over a dozen individual seminars and on-demand eLearning on a variety of topics and the Ottawa section can offer these if there is an interest. The list includes:

  • Lighting Economics
  • Planned Indoor Lighting Maintenance
  • Lighting Calculation Terms and Methods
  • Light and Health
  • Electricity for Lighting Practitioners
  • Daylighting
  • Vision + Color
  • Luminaires + Optics
  • The Lighting Design Process
  • Codes & Standards for Products & Application Safety, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
  • Lighting Controls for Nonresidential Buildings
  • Light Sources and Auxiliary Devices
  • Office Lighting
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Library Lighting
  • Sustainable Lighting: An Introduction to the Environmental Impacts of Lighting
  • The Commissioning Process for Lighting
  • Roadway Lighting


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If you are interested in any of these topics and would like the Section to consider offering them, please let the education chair know by sending your request to