Course Content

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 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

The general structure for each week is that there is around two and a half days of lectures and assessment, a practical sesson floodlighing an historic building, two days of hands on project team work (including a site visit) and a final day team presentation. There are evening lectures included so we strongly recommend you stay onsite - the course fee includes your accommodation and meals. The ILP reserves the right to alter the programme.


Completion Project

To complete your ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma, you will be set a Completion Project. If you submit yours within six months of completing your final module you will qualify for entry to the ‘Student of the Year Award’. The Completion Project can be worked on between each module.   Information and guidance notes are distributed and students have ample time to discuss these with a tutor. Ongoing tutorial support and encouragement is provided via telephone and email for students working on their Completion Project.

The project is assessed and all successful students are then awarded the ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma. The assessments take place twice a year, usually in January and June.

Please post your project to Ange Davies, ILP, Regent House, Regent Place, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2PN, who will confirm safe receipt.


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