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Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency - Online Seminar

Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency - Online Seminar
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Price: $1,150.00
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NOTE: Seminar fees listed are per person for a single audio and video connection for individual use, and may not be shared with other users. All participants must individually pre-register for the desired course in order to participate. If you would like pricing information on multiple registrations for the same seminar, please contact: Terese Lavallee, phone 770-925-9633, email: terese@aeecenter .org   




Presented online in a series of five (four 2-1/2-hour and one 2-hour) time modules, this seminar is designed to provide the specific training and background needed by professionals preparing to sit for AEE's Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP®) exam. The course agenda also includes updates on topics of current importance to all individuals involved in commercial, industrial or institutional lighting efficiency improvement.




You can participate in the program from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in realtime during the six live teleconferencing sessions, as well as in the time between sessions.

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About the Seminar

Here's your opportunity to take part in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed both to expand your knowledge in the field, and to serve as a preparatory vehicle for the examination required to achieve AEE's Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) certification. This information presented is designed to provide comprehensive professional training in the design and application of energy- effective lighting systems, with emphasis on:

  • Evaluating lighting systems through effective audits
  • Achieving energy-effective lighting systems with high regard to
    lighting quality and occupants
  • Examining the latest lighting products for your applications
  • Performing lighting calculations to obtain proper light levels
  • Evaluating and implementing effective lighting control strategies
  • Reviewing environmental impacts of lighting efficiency projects
  • Calculating and documenting savings achieved through lighting
  • Assuring compliance with building energy codes
  • Implementing effective lighting maintenance practices

Complete Your Certification Application & Register for an Exam

This program covers the full scope of subjects addressed on the AEE's certification exam. The exam can be taken at a remote testing center. For more about certification and testing, visit, then select the required certification and complete step 2 of the application process.

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Dates and Times

The following offering(s) of the Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency Online Seminar are currently scheduled. The program consists of four 2-1/2-hour and one 2-hour teleconferencing sessions, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.

Beginning on Dates to be Decided

Course Module
Times (Eastern time US)
Day 1
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 2
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 3
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 4
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 5
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Completion of all five modules is required to receive CEU and PDH Credit, and Course Certificate awarded by AEE.

Seminar Agenda

The Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency Online Seminar will be presented in the following five teleconferencing modules:

MODULE 1:  2.5 hours

Fundamentals of Light & Lighting
• Definitions and terminology
• How light interacts with surfaces
• Visibility and visual tasks
• Spectrum sensitivity

Lighting Quality
• Light level
• Glare and glare control
• Flicker and flicker control
• Veiling reflections

Evaluating Lighting Systems
• The evaluation process
• Lighting surveys and audits
• Data collection tools, tips & technologies
• Analyzing collected data
• Calculating savings and payback
• Writing reports

MODULE 2:  2.5 hours

Incumbent Lamps
• Common lamp characteristics
• Incandescent and halogen lamps
• Compact fluorescent lamps
• Linear fluorescent lamps
• Metal halide lamps (including PS and CMH)
• High-pressure sodium lamps
• Low-pressure sodium lamps

Solid-state (LED) Lighting
• Understanding LEDs
• LED life, lumen ratings and delivered lumens
• Market-ready solutions
• U.S. DOE CALiPER program

Fluorescent Ballasts and LED Drivers
• How ballasts work
• Magnetic and hybrid ballasts
• Ballast factor: light output and input watts
• Electronic ballasts: application issues and avoiding mistakes
• LED drivers: the weak link?

MODULE 3:  2.5 hours

Luminaires & Fixtures
• Efficacy rating (LER)
• Photometry: relative and absolute
• Photometric reports
• CU
• Spacing criteria
• Increasing luminaire efficiency
• Reflectors, louvers and lenses

Lighting System Improvements
• Systems approach for energy-effective lighting
• Lighting power density metric
• Task-ambient lighting
• Retrofit vs. re-lighting
• SSL lighting upgrades

Environmental Concerns
• Mercury in lamps
• PCBs in ballasts
• Responsible lamp & ballast disposal
• LED issues

MODULE 4:  2.5 hours

Lighting Controls
• Control strategies
• Dispelling switching myths
• Switching controls
• Scheduling and time controls
• Occupancy and vacancy sensors
• Photocells
• Demand response
• Dimming control technology
• Photosensors
• Daylight harvesting

Lighting Calculations Workshop
• Inverse square law
• Illuminance at a point
• Zonal cavity method and using CU tables
• Room reflectances and light loss factor
• Sample problems and solutions

Maintaining Lighting Systems
• Impact of maintenance on lighting system
    performance and economics
• Light loss factors
• Spot vs. group re-lamping
• Calculating re-lamping intervals
• System troubleshooting

MODULE 5:  2 hours

Lighting Economics
• Basic energy accounting
• Simple payback and return on investment
• Life cycle cost
• Evaluating system costs and alternatives
• Income tax impact
• Computing economic decision statistics
• Computer spreadsheet tools
• Sample problems and solutions

Building Energy Codes
• 10CFR435 Federal Energy Code
• ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1

Utility & ESCO Programs & Incentives
• Electric utility industry restructuring
• Role of energy services companies
• Performance contracting


Your Realtime Program Instructors


JOHN FETTERS, C.E.M., C.L.E.P., is a lighting consultant and president of Effective Lighting Solutions, Inc. Columbus, OH. Mr. Fetters is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers and chairs AEE's Certified Lighting Efficiency Board. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA), for which he serves on the IES VELSD Committee and is an advisory member of the Industrial Lighting Committee. He has lectured and is widely published in the lighting field. He was inducted into the AEE Hall of Fame in 1998.

T. KENNETH SPAIN, P.E., C.E.M., C.L.E.P., G.B.E., LEED-AP, is an internationally recognized energy engineer, manager and trainer. He is currently an on-call Research Scientist with the Earth System Science Center of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) after 25 years of service as a Senior Research Associate through sponsored programs. He has provided energy analysis and technical support to help public institutions, schools, businesses and industries reduce their energy costs and to train government and business energy managers throughout the world. Mr. Spain was inducted into the AEE Hall of Fame in 2002.

Course Materials and Advance Preparations

The seminar fee covers registration for all five program modules (total of 12 hours), seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and webinar connection services. (Attendees participating from outside of North America should use VOIP in order to avoid additional audio fees.) Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.

You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your webinar connection in advance of the first session.

Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.