Light Sources and Luminaires

This course makes up part of the LIA Certificate, which provides a solid foundation of knowledge required for a career in the lighting industry. Click here for further information.

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:6.5 Hours


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:


For individual delegates:

Member:£335 + VAT
Non-Member:£385 + VA

For a closed company course:

Closed company courses are a more effective way to train your staff together for a cost-effective and flexible solution for your business.

The course contents for a closed course can be tailored to relate directly to the specifics of an organisation’s requirements following a conversation with the trainer.

Please contact the Academy for more details and a personalised quote for this course.


22nd April 2020Online Session
13th May 2020Online Session
17th June 2020Online Session

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    About the supplier

    Lighting Industry Academy

    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.

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