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Included as the first module of the Certificate Course, Lighting Fundamentals is also offered as a standalone course.

The course is designed to prepare the learners for a career in lighting, or for gaining a grounding in lighting for those working in related professions.

The learners are taught the fundamentals of light perception by the human eye by examining the structure and capability of the visual system.

The course covers the basic theory and principles of colour in light and introduction to lighting terminologies and measurement units, as well as learning to do the calculations associated with measuring light and interpreting photometric data.

Students will learn about the emerging trends which are shaping the lighting sector, such as energy efficiency considerations and get an understanding of the future direction of the lighting market.



This course is particularly useful for those who are new to working in, or with lighting - either in manufacturing, design or the wider lighting community.

It should ideally be taken as part of the Certificate Course.


The course is delivered via presentations and course notes handouts in a classroom setting.


  • > How light is produced
  • > How light is used by lighting engineers
  • > How the eye responds to light
  • > The capability of the visual system
  • > Units, terminology and calculations associated with light
  • > Interpretation of photometric data
  • > Basic light measurement
  • > Basic theory and principles of colour in light
  • > Energy efficiency considerations
  • > The future direction of the lighting market


2 continuous days. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.


The learners are assessed at the end of the course through a knowledge test paper consisting of multiple questions.

The questions cover the principles taught during the course and are designed to test the student’s understanding of the underpinning principles covered in the course.

The deadline for submission of the knowledge test will be informed by the course tutor. (It is advised to submit it as soon as possible while the course material is fresh in the mind)

A minimum of 60% of the marks available on the test paper is required to pass the course.

The course assessment contributes 5% towards the final mark required for passing the Certificate Course.


The course notes provided are designed to give a reference point for the completion of the test paper.

Support is also available through the course tutor.

Please direct all support requests via the dedicated course support email You will receive a response from either your course tutor or another suitable member of the Academy training team.


Learners can do other courses as modules of the Certificate course in the following sequence towards achieving the Lighting Industry Academy Certificate:

Upon completion of the certificate course, take your education in lighting to an advanced level by choosing from the Advanced Certificate courses in Interior and Exterior Lighting.

Further develop your knowledge and career in lighting by studying for the highest qualification offered by the Academy at Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC and HND) in Lighting Design and Technology (offered in partnership with the University of South Wales), upon completion of which the students will have the option to convert it to BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology degree at University of South Wales.

Learners may also want to improve their knowledge of a specific topic of lighting by enrolling on to the courses in one of the following subject areas:

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Gareth John

Topics covered - Lighting Fundamentals

Since graduating from Southampton University with a PHD in Quantum and Functional Matter Physics. Gareth has spent the past ten years specialising in photometric/optical testing services for a variety of industries, with lighting becoming his forte.

Already highly respected within the realms of academia, photometry and lighting, Gareth is also experienced in establishing and managing various laboratories and centres of excellence, including Photometric and Optical Testing Services LLP and Birmingham Science Park Aston.

With an encyclopaedic knowledge and varied experiences, Gareth brings a unique perspective to the Association. He has been instrumental in the re-development of Lighting Industry Academy Courses and is looking forward to taking a lead role in the delivery and management of the HND to ensure the industry’s needs are met.

Gareth is a former Mastermind contestant and apprentice bass guitarist.


The Lighting Industry Academy is a professional learning institution committed to fulfilling all the educational needs of the lighting community. It brings together specialist lighting courses run by the Academy as well as other leading lighting organisations. The courses are delivered by highly skilled, professional trainers with many years of experience. The Academy provides class-based learning at a new dedicated campus in Telford as well as a variety of other locations throughout the UK. 

The LIA has a number of rates with various local hotels.


Telford Golf and Spa Resort
£80 Bed & Breakfast
Please quote LIA at time of booking

Park Inn Telford
£75 Bed & Breakfast 
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel
£69 Bed & Breakfast

Holiday Inn Telford
£90 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Ramada Hotel Telford
£79 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

International Hotel Telford
£69 Bed & Breakfast
£65 for Sunday evening stays only
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking


Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel 
£125 Bed & Breakfast
Please quote The Lighting Industry Association at time of booking

Cancellation Terms 
If you are using one of the recommended hotels and the course should be cancelled by the LIA, we will cover the costs. Should you cancel the course yourself, hotel cancellation terms will apply. Please note: The LIA cannot cover hotel costs if you choose to book with a hotel not listed above.