TE-39 Roadway Lighting Design (online)

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Class Information

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CEUs: 0.75


This course emphasizes how to design roadway lighting installations that are effective and that meet various standards and requirements. While instruction focuses on use of the illuminance ("foot candle") method, students will also learn about the luminance method. The course covers a wide range of relevant topics, from human factors, including the eye, vision, and perception, to lighting terminology, including light control, luminaire types, and design principles, with reference to IES standard practice, the AASHTO guidelines, and FHWA's Roadway Lighting Handbook. The class combines lectures, hands-on classroom exercises, and case studies.

Topics Include

  • luminaire design
  • photometric data
  • IES luminaire classification
  • light sources and ballasts
  • switching
  • poles
  • IES Standard Practice (RP-8)
  • planning and lighting design principles
  • economics of roadway lighting, maintenance, and energy considerations

What You Will Learn

Students learn key skills needed to design roadway lighting installations using the illuminance method as well as guidelines/standards affecting their design.

Who Should Attend

The course is targeted for public agency staff or consultants with little or no experience in designing or planning roadway lighting. The class also benefits those seeking some refresher training on the current state-of-the-practice.

Required Materials

RP-8-2014 American National Standard Practice for Roadway Lighting, published by the Illuminating Engineering Society, is the required textbook for this class. Students are responsible for purchasing this textbook directly from a bookseller prior to the start of this class.
Students who already own ‘RP 8 2000’ can use this version of the textbook in class. If you don't already own RP 8 2000 and need to purchase the book, it’s preferred that you purchase the new version RP 8 2014.
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