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The original basic entry level course which was widely accepted and recognised as the first step when starting in the lighting industry, has now been enhanced, elevated and brought into the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The course gives students an outstanding general introduction to some of the subjects and aspects that they will be exposed to in the world of lighting.  These include lighting requirements, the importance of standards and compliance, light sources, interior lighting design, interior and exterior luminaires, emergency lighting, light distribution, basic calculations, and exterior lighting design.

Now for the first time in the world for a course of this nature and level, students will be introduced to the latest exciting disruptive lighting technologies and controls in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

This course is the next step towards forging a career in the lighting business.

It has been developed to build on the Foundation Lighting Course.

Students who complete this course which comprises the first 5 modules of the Diploma In Illumination Engineering Course and would like to enroll for the Diploma in Illumination Engineering course, will be given full credit for the 5 modules that they have successfully passed.  They will nlot be required to repeat those modules. 

BHA School of Lighting reserves the right to alter an or all of the conditions applicable in the event of there being significant change in the content of the course since the student originally completed the Primary Lighting Course.

This is the NEW Curriculum C2019 which was introduced in September 2018.

This is a two year diploma course.  The modules as detailed including the year end final examinations must be completed within the period of 12 calendar months.  The modules for the year have been structured in such a way that students should be able to complete them within 11 months.

Similarly, 2nd year must be completed within 12 calendar months. The modules for the 2nd year have also been grouped for students to be able to complete them within 11 months in order to write the course final examinations during the twelfth month..

If a student does not complete the required number of modules within the required time, they will not be able to write the 1st year examination.  An extension will only be possible if an additional fee is pre-paid for the modules remaining to be completed in order to write.  This will also automatically result in the time period for the 2nd year to be completed to be adjusted in the student;s favour.  All fees for additional time to complete either first or second year will be payable upon presentation of an invoice.

It is important to note that a full online examination of all the work for the year will have to be written in order to advance to the second year.  At the end of the 2nd year a full online written examination will have to be written and passed with the appropriate grades in order to graduate for the qualification.

This was the original Diploma course which will not be accessible to students who are currently completing the course after 30 June 2020.

This short course is exclusively for Professional Consulting Electrical Engineers only.

There is a general lack of understanding about the subject and in particular the importance of this factor also known as EVE factor or Equivalent Visual Efficiency Factor.

This short course will explain the theory and how it relates to human vision and perception.  The whole issue about how this will relate to standards and regulations, as outdated as SANS and OHS in South Africa might be.

The confusion relating to the "maintenance" factor versus "Light Loss Factors"  will be detailed in order to give students a complete understanding so that the correct values can be applied in both manual and computer software light designs.

Finally, we will examine how to apply what has been learnt in RELUX or other lighting design software suites.


This Manual addresses the question of what to include when specifying LED Lighting products in tender documents for projects.

This assessment is to assess potential candidates who wish to enroll for any of the courses such as BHASL004: Scotopic/Mesopic Richness of Light, BHASL008: LED LIghting Technology and Applications, BHASL009: Emergency Lighting, BHASL010: Lighting for Architects and Interior Designers, BHASL013: Glare, BHASL014: Letest Technologies - IoT, VLC, PpoE, IPS, HCL and AI.  If the required knowledge and skill levels do not meet the required level, potential candidates may enroll for BHASL002: Primary Lighting Course or BHASL003: 2 year Diploma in Illumination Engineering.

The reason is that the content of all other courses is such, that the lack of lighting knowledge or skills will seriously impede the potential candidate's ability to understand and apply the content to be learnt.

This is the most comprehensive RELUX training course available in South Africa.  It includes 4 comprehensive Exercise papers each with a series of individual exercises, each of which contain sophisticated but thorough training in the use of the software all of which were developed by RELUX in Switzerland that we are privileged to be able to use in this course.

Students will complete every individual exercise within the main Exercise.  They will they upload the full RELUX files for each individual exercise within the main Exercise into a file on Dropbox which must be shared with me at phil@bhalighting.co.za.  I will then work through each Exercise allocating marks for each individual exercise.  The total marks for each Exercise is 1000 marks.

The total marks for the course are 4000