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  • This course is accepted for engineering continuing education credit in all states.
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061-Lighting Design
061-Lighting Design

Debra A. Kennaugh, P.E.

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Code: 100207-01
Hours (PDHs): 2
Price: $45.00


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Course Description

This Lighting Design course was developed to discuss the purpose and objectives of roadway lighting. Analyzing lighting needs on the various roadway classifications are discussed. Lighting justification is also included.

The following conventional lighting equipment is described:
light sources
luminaire supports
bracket arms

The following conventional and high mast light pole requirements are defined:
average initial illumination levels
uniformity ratios

Also included are sign lighting and underdeck lighting requirements. Maintenance of existing lighting during construction, voltage drop criteria, and grounding requirements are also included.

Design criteria is discussed and referenced to the appropriate manual. Light pole spacing arrangements and IES light distributions are discussed as to how they affect lighting. Even though various off-the-shelf computer programs are available to determine light pole spacing, the original basic calculations for spacing are included in this course.

The course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of Lighting Design from which a person can begin the process of creating lighting plans for a roadway project.
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Interesting and Helpful, 5.30.2015

I enjoyed the course. A couple of minor nits for consideration: Q9 the text says it is not the contractors responsibility, the question asks if it is the engineers responsibility. Q12 has one choice that is full-cutoff, but the text just refers to cutoff. Q13 after reading the section it sounded as thought the non-cutoff did not reduce glare - some clarification of the text would be helpful here. pg 16 typo, semi-cutoff section, ... would not be OF great concern
Reviewer: John Seybold    Malabar FL


4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Good course with one exception., 2.27.2015

Generally very good with one exception. Question 12 asked which fixture type "minimizes" glare. . . .

SunCam Comment: The reviewer questioned the wording and the correct answer to question 12. Portions of the review were removed because they discussed the correct answer to the question
Reviewer: James Rogers    Naples FL
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 No Title, 2.19.2015

Course described the equipment and implementation scemes. Excellent discussion of design cencepts and criteria with appropriate references.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 No Title, 2.9.2015

The course was a good review. I had only two issues with the instruction. 1) It would have been nice to have seen a worked example of the equations. 2) There was a problem with of of the questions. It contained two contradictory answers so the answer which the proctor selected could only be wrong.
Reviewer: Barry Magrill    Gainesville Florida


4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 No Title, 12.5.2014

This is a good introduction to highway lighting design. The course is very beneficial. A referenced link in the text on P.19 did not work (cut/paste nor typing it in). The text references 3 cutoff fixtures (P.16) while Question #12 referred to a "full cutoff" fixture.


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