Lighting Fundamentals: Foot Candles, Poles, and Pollution Prevention

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This half-day program provides training on select topics of landscape lighting. Presentations will cover a range of topics, including: photometrics and layouts, light sources and colors, light poles and safety, shields and shades, Dark Skies regulations, how lighting technicians and landscape architects can help each other, and more. Brochure:
New Haven, CT
Distance Learning
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Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Security Design
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Participants will learn to explain the difference between First- and Second-Mode Vibration, predict and avoid the harmful effects of Aeolian Vibration (such as downed poles and fixtures in outdoor lighting areas), and to properly inspect site lighting structures for signs of Aeolian vibration and determine which solution best fits the situation.

Participants will learn about the light pollution prevention and energy conservation principles of Dark Skies; why lighting levels from an LED need to be only about one-third the illumination levels from high pressure sodium luminaires; the benefits of minimizing blue wavelength emissions; and building code requirements for light pollution control.

Participants will learn ways to evaluate the appropriate light source for a project not only from an aesthetic and performance perspective, but also due to safety considerations, and how lighting is regulated by municipalities.

Participants will learn the benefits and performance characteristics of LED vs traditional light sources, light distribution options, color temperatures, when and where to use them, and how to provide adequate lighting levels while meeting IES recommendations.

Participants will learn how to make photometric calculations, how these calculations are developed, and how to interpret them.
Leo Smith, Cliff Gilbert, Adam Smith, Andrew Galsterer
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CT Chapter of ASLA

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