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Fundamentals of Lighting - Fall 2018

  • NAIT Lab A182 11762 106 St NW Edmonton, AB, T5G 2R1 Canada (map)


2018 Session

(Seven Tuesday 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;

  • History of Light, Professional Practice, Defining Light, Vision, Color, and Light and Health

  • Electric Light Sources and Auxiliary Devices

  • Daylighting

  • Luminaires

  • Controls

  • Lighting Metrics, Photometry, Calculations and Rendering

  • Lighting system economics, codes and standards

  • Lighting design process and techniques, sustainability and commissioning

  • Lighting for interiors

  • Lighting for exteriors


Class Dates & Modules

Session 1: October 9

  • Module 1: History of Light, Professional Practice, Defining Light, Vision, Color, and Light and Health

  • Module 2: Electric Light Sources and Auxiliary Devices

Session 2: October 16

  • Module 4: Luminaires

Session 3: October 23

  • Module 6: Lighting Metrics, Photometry, Calculations and Rendering

Session 4: October 30

  • Module 3: Daylighting

  • Module 7: Codes and Standards, Economics

Session 5: November 6

  • Module 8a: Lighting Design Process and Techniques

  • Module 9: Lighting for Interiors

Session 6: November 13

  • Module 10: Lighting for Exteriors

Session 7: November 20

  • Module 5: Controls

  • Module 8b: Sustainability and Commissioning


This course is approved for 18 hours of IES-CEU, AIA-LU credits and 18 structured learning hours with AAA.

Registrations must be received by September 28, 2018. Space is limited to 25 students.

A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged if cancelled before September 14.  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:


NAIT Lab A182 - Main Floor in the Industrial Building

NAIT Lab A182 - Main Floor in the Industrial Building


Ryan Sonnenberg
(IES Edmonton – 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 striven to achieve that ideal for his customers.

Chris Barr, P.Tech(Eng), LEED
(IES Edmonton  – Vice President)

Chris Barr works with Dialog Architecture and Engineering. 
Over the last 12 years Chris has witnessed the evolution of lighting and lighting control systems.  He’s extremely passionate about balancing light and contrast in all his designs.  Chris has a strong understanding of lighting design, procurement and lighting controls to support his client needs.  He has broad experience in a variety of projects from; exterior landscape lighting, health care, airports, arenas, commercial, bridges, retail, and post secondary education.  Chris believes that all projects should meaningfully improve our communities and the environments we share. 

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.

Mr. Wright's continued extensive contibutions to the lighting community earned him IES Edmonton's Section Service Award in 2018.

Steve Eriksen
(IES Edmonton – Membership Chair)

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 over 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 product line which is instrumental in determining which product is right for each individual application.  Steve has done programming and design work on many notable projects here in Edmonton including the new Rogers 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 a principal at AES Engineering, an electrical engineering 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 – Secretary)

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.

Ben Rajewski, P.Eng. LC
(IES Edmonton – Education Chair)

Ben Rajewski is an Electrical Engineer at Williams Engineering Canada, an Edmonton-based consulting firm.  Ben’s project experience ranges from delivering on smaller electrical projects, to working alongside the mechanical, building science and civil teams to deliver multi-disciplined, multi-phased projects in Social Infrastructure and Property Sectors.  These include educational, commercial, light industrial, recreational, residential and secure government facilities. 

Ben has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society for four years, and is the current education chair.

Lance Warner, LC
(IES Edmonton)

Lance is a principal at Richard McDonald and Associates/Wow Lighting, a lighting representative agency which has served Alberta for over 60 years.  He has been involved with 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.


Earlier Event: September 30
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference
Later Event: November 10
All is Bright on 124 Street