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Exterior Lighting Diploma

ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma

It is an exciting time to be in lighting, and it is important you are professionally competent. Lighting is a tool to help citizens live happier and healthier lives, and the ILP can help you gain the skills and knowledge to do this safely and effectively. Designers, engineers, contractors and consultants all have a part to play in delivering quality lighting which improves our environments and helps our communities.

The lighting industry has relied upon the Institution of Lighting Professionals to deliver training and help build competence for many years. The ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma is the established industry qualification for exterior lighting professionals, meaning you can have confidence that this training will be helpful and worthwhile for you.

In 2018, our team of expert trainers reshaped the modules to reflect the needs of the exterior lighting community across the world. Attend the ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma  and you will find yourself better equipped to fulfil your role, as well as enjoying an interesting, lively and valuable course!


How the course is run

The ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma is made up of three five-day residential modules held in the centre of the UK. After completing all three modules you will work independently on your ELD Completion Project. This will be assessed and all successful students are then awarded the ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma. The course is managed by the Institution of Lighting Professionals who are on hand to provide support and advice at every stage.


Where and when

The ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma is held at:
The Draycote Hotel
London Road, Thurlaston, Nr Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9LF


2019 dates - Available to book now.

Autumn  2019

Module A     16-20 September 2019     

Module B    7-11 October 2019

Module C    18-22 November 2019

2020 dates - Available to book now.

Spring Dates

Module A    10-14 Feb 2020

Module B    23-27 March  2020

Module C    27 April – 1st May 2020


Autumn Dates

Module A    7-11 Sept 2020

Module B    12-16 Oct 2020

Module C    23-27 Nov 2020

What you will learn about

Module A

This week, we take you through illuminance based highway lighting design. You will be grouped into a team with other students to learn from each other as well as our professionally qualified tutors. The module includes a site visit and group project.

  • What is light and how is it produced?
  • Eye, vision and colour
  • Light measurement units and calculation process
  • Intensity distribution
  • Exterior luminaire construction
  • Exterior luminaire design
  • Control gear including power supplies
  • Light sources – lamps and LEDs
  • Introduction to British Standard 5489, the code of practice for the design of road lighting and public amenity areas
  • Residential area street lighting design
  • Understanding scotopic, photopic and mesopic vision and SP ratios
  • Obtrusive light including light pollution
  • Road lighting design software introduction: Lighting Reality
  • CAD and area lighting
  • Fundamental electrics for highway lighting
  • High mast lighting
  • Best practice installations

Module B

The second week of the Exterior Lighting Diploma explains luminance based highway lighting design. You will study alongside your peers in a friendly team and enjoy a site visit and group project.

  • Column design and maintenance
  • LEDs
  • Seeing and driving
  • Road lighting theory
  • Traffic route lighting design
  • Passive safety
  • Bridges and elevated roads
  • Motorway lighting design
  • Asset management and life cycle planning of lighting supports, including ILP Guidance Note 22
  • Tunnel lighting design and portal calculations
  • Conflict areas on the highway, including ILP Professional Lighting Guide 02
  • Road lighting design software introduction: Lighting Reality
  • Central Management Systems (CMS), smart cities, Internet of Things and communications for lighting
  • Variable lighting including dimming, trimming and part night
  • Energy management
  • Light measurements using an indicative grid method, including ILP Technical Report 28

Module C

The final week of the Exterior Lighting Diploma teaches you about specialist architectural, amenity and public realm lighting design, reports and strategies. It includes a site visit, practical session in floodlighting trials and team project.

  • Area lighting including car parks, amateur sports pitches and MUGAs
  • Flood lighting examples
  • Decorative and amenity lighting
  • Town centre case study
  • Planning and conservation
  • Developing lighting strategies for public realm
  • Environmental lighting impact assessments, including ILP Professional Lighting Guide 04
  • Understanding daylighting
  • Developing a lighting policy/ specification
  • Maintenance by design
  • Night trial planning and set up
  • Controlling light distribution
  • Floodlighting - practical trials
  • Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and the role of the lighting designer
  • Lighting design risk assessments


 **This module can be taken as a single unit to achieve the Public Realm Lighting Certificate.** 

Please contact angela@theilp.org.uk if you have any queries. 

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