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This introductory course in lighting provides a definitive overview of the lighting sector and is suitable for those looking to familiarise themselves with the science, standards, regulations and business of the lighting industry.

Whether you are involved in the lighting sector or simply have a general interest in it, this new course will provide you the knowledge and understanding of the sector to help in your role and prepare for further study.
This new course by the Lighting Industry Academy is designed to introduce newcomers to the basics of light and how we experience it. It introduces learners to the science behind the technology and builds on their own knowledge and experience of lighting.
Learners will be introduced to the key ideas, terminology and definitions of the lighting sector and provide useful information about the current state of the industry.

Key Information

Course Location: Telford
Education Institution: The Lighting Industry Academy
Duration: 1 day
Delivery: Teacher-led classroom learning
Intakes: Once a month at specified dates
Level: Introductory

CPD Hours:

Member cost:

Non Member cost:

6.5 Hours

£175 + VAT

£250 + VAT


Newcomers across many industries and services who are now involved in lighting.

Those looking to gain the knowledge needed for further study of the lighting courses.


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


  • > Description of the split of commercial vs domestic lighting
  • > How products find their way to market and introduce the design elements
  • > Light and lighting from vision to key terms
  • > Lighting application segments in the market and why they differ
  • > People and defining their lighting needs
  • > Natural and artificial light in its many forms
  • > How to control light from shaping it to dynamic control
  • > Key lighting terms and what they mean
  • > Luminaires and why they exist
  • > Lighting design to installation
  • > Key players in the industry
  • > Routes to market
  • > Contracts and who has the power
  • > Pulling it together before specifying a luminaire
  • > Legislation and standards in Europe and the wider world


One day: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.


The learners are not assessed on this course.


Upon completion of the introductory course, learners may want to improve their knowledge of a specific topic of lighting by enrolling on to the courses in one of the following subject areas:

Depending upon the learner's experience and knowledge, they may choose to do the courses from the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and all the way up to Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC and HND) in Lighting Design and Technology (in partnership with the University of South Wales).


Iain Macrae

Topics covered: Advanced Certificate Course in Interior and Exterior Lighting, Lighting Design, Introduction to Lighting, DIALux Evo and Emergency Lighting

Iain Macrae graduated in Mechanical Engineering and somehow found his way into lighting. Since starting with Thorn 30 years ago he has gained many years' manufacturing, application and technical experience including a whole range of projects across most market sectors.

Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Light & Lighting and authors for British and European lighting standards, lighting guides, codes. He uses his depth of understanding to author and deliver lighting and software training.

In 2017, Iain set up his own consultancy on lighting strategy, product appraisal and application, lighting design, standards advice, technical marketing and training. On top of all that he has a reputation as an engaging conference moderator and thought provoking speaker.

Iain used to climb sheer rock faces for fun, but gave it up for safer hobbies like playing the Saxophone (badly)

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.