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Included as the second module of the Certificate Course, Light Sources and Luminaires is also offered as a standalone course.

The day-long course is designed to develop awareness of the types of light sources and luminaries available – this includes both modern sources and those used historically and may still be encountered in day-to-day work.

The course looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the light sources and their operation as solid state lighting.

Learners will be introduced to how luminaires are constructed and classified.

Students will learn about the considerations for the retrofitting of lighting systems while exploring the future of light sources and luminaires.



Course Location: Telford and South of England
Education Institution: The Lighting Industry Academy
Duration:  1 day
Delivery: Teacher-led classroom learning
Assessment: Knowledge test
Intakes: Once a month at specified dates
Level: Part of the Certificate course, at an introductory level

CPD Hours:

Member cost:

Non Member cost:

6.5 Hours

£335 + VAT

£385 + VAT



This course is suitable for anyone working across the 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.


  • > Types of light sources and their uses, advantages and disadvantages
  • > The operation and use of solid-state lighting
  • > How luminaires are constructed and classified
  • > Considerations for retrofit of lighting systems
  • > The future of light sources and luminaires


1 day. 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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Paul Stearman

Topics covered -  Lighting Fundamentals , Light Source & Luminaires, Lighting Design

Paul has worked in the lighting industry for most of his life. A qualified Lighting Designer and Lighting Consultant specialising in Low Energy and LED Lighting, he has worked with major clients such as Whitbread, Mitchell & Butlers, JCB and a number of large schools and colleges. Paul is passionate about lighting and helping clients reduce their energy bills though the correct choice of LED Lighting and Lighting Controls.

Paul is a member is the Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL) and has worked in Senior Management for some of the UK’s largest lighting companies. He is also a tutor for the Lighting Industry Association where he runs courses on Energy Saving with LED Lighting and Understanding the use of LED Lighting.

Paul has a passion for Photography and is a qualified Profession Photographer (LBIPP) specialising in Weddings.


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.