Area Lighting - An Introduction



Endorsed by CIHT for CPD                                                                                                                                                   Approved by IHE

This half-day course will introduce delegates to the principles of area lighting design. Its aim is to give delegates an understanding of how to light an area such as a car park, sports pitch or building.

Aims & Objectives:

To enable delegates to:

  • Have an understanding of the different types of floodlights and their characteristics
  • Identify the basic types of lamps & luminaires used to light the various types of area
  • Perform simple mathematical calculations to estimate the power and quantity of equipment required
  • Have an understanding of electrical supply and control methods
  • Understand the effect of different mounting heights
  • Understand the software packages and data required for computer calculations

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to understand the factors affecting outdoor lighting and speak knowledgeably to equipment suppliers. They will also be able to write an outline brief of what is required.

Course Outline:

  • Vision at night
  • Lamp types used for area lighting
  • Basic lighting units and intensity distributions
  • Basic electrical units, cables, control gear and electrical safety
  • Beam width, beam spread, definitions of lighting efficiency
  • Simple lighting calculations without using a computer
  • Tutor presentation using PowerPoint
  • Visual aids
  • Equipment samples
  • Q&A sessions.

Discussion and Feedback from the delegates during each topic forms an important element of the learning process.


The participants will know how to design and specify outdoor lighting.


Intended For:

This course is intended for anyone who is involved in exterior lighting

Delegates should have a basic understanding of engineering. No specific lighting knowledge is required.