BHA School of Lighting honoured to lecture to Tswane University of Technology (TUT) – March 2022 Newsletter

The Principal´s Pen

It always amazes me how quickly time flies.  Before I have time to accumulate a good store of articles for possible inclusion in our newsletter, it is time to compile the next newsletter.

The year has started off very well and I am extremely excited to announce that I have been invited to lecture online to the Third Year Interior Design students of the Tswane University of Technology (TUT) twice during the month of March 2022.  This is a particularly significant initiative that has been taken to introduce future interior designers the subject of lighting.  The two lectures will address the most important aspects about how to apply good lighting practice.

We are also blessed that our new project pipeline is flowing again, slowly but surely with some very interesting projects are on the horizon for lighting designs to begin.  The number of sport field lighting projects grow each week too.  This is exciting because for the last two years, sport field lighting had dried up completely.  Other projects include some far beyond our borders.

Both First and Second year students have attended the online Student Support Sessions in growing numbers.  The aim of these sessions is for students to ask questions that they may have instead of me presenting a prepared lecture on a particular subject.  As students become more accustomed to being live on camera and microphone and become more relaxed, the questions flow easily.  Questions are always very interesting.  I do my best to answer the questions in an easily understood way so that all participating students may benefit.  One question of particular note was about emergency lighting in the outdoor environment which I answered because this is included in the Irish Standard IS EN 3217:2019 and BS and EN 1838: 2013 (Under revision).  Another first year student asked how to know which flood light beam angle to use to deliver a required light level on the ground over a particular area when mounted on a 30m high mast.  The principles, laws of physics and quality of product were all explained and discussed.  That question without douby was useful for all the of the participating students during the session.

I encourage all students and readers to attend the next webinar on 24 March 2022 at 18:00 on “The Gory Detail about Emergency Lighting”.

The world was shocked when the news broke that Russia had invaded Ukraine with a large well-armed and highly mobile force with considerable air and naval support. We too were stunned by these turn of events. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to the people of Ukraine, for those who have responded to the call to defend their country and for those who have fled to neighbouring NATO member countries.  We hope that this conflict will quickly end.

I know that some of our readers may say that it is far away and therefore will not impact on us, no matter where in the world we may live.  Unfortunately, no country will not be affected in some way or other.

My message to all of our readers and especially to our students is to keep the Ukrainians in your thoughts but do not be distracted from your main task.  Continue to focus on good business, continue to study, keep to your study plans and spend quality time with your family.

If you would like to know more about lighting courses and the advantages of holding an internationally recognised qualification to your business, your profession or for your own Curriculum Vitae, contact either Daniel or me.

Finally students, I continue to encourage you to become a Student Member of The Institution of Lighting Professionals in the United Kingdom.  Their members are not only from the United Kingdom but from all over the world, including South Africa.  Student Membership is free for the period that you are enrolled with the BHA School of Lighting.  You will enjoy the full benefits of membership with an abundance of documentary resources, resources only accessible to members and the excellent Lighting Journal publication which covers all aspects of lighting and related topics.  Why hesitate?  It is seldom that you can benefit from such an important opportunity FREE of COST.  To become a Student Member, simply email me stating your decision to join.

I wish you all a very good business month and trust that projects will continue to roll in for all of you.

With best wishes

We would like to welcome the following new students to BHA School of Lighting

  • Moses Ndangi Hauwanga, Tsumeb, Namibia – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course

Happy Birthday to the following past & present students celebrating their Birthdays this month of March! We hope you all have a memorable day!

  • Daryl Potgieter, Johannesburg – 2 March
  • Ross Sharp, Cape Town – 3 March
  • Eric Ceba, Queberha – 8 March
  • Oriana Govindasamy, Cape Town – 21 March

The following students are preparing to write their first year final theory and practical examinations before starting second year studies.  We wish you success!

  • Shaun Bergh – as you prepare for the first year practical examinations
  • Kubeshan Gopaul, Johannesburg – as you prepare for the first year practical examinations
  • Leshmook Maharaj, Durban – as you prepare for the first year practical examinations
  • Armand Gouws, Queberha – as you prepare for the first year practical examinations

Upcoming Events from BHA School of Lighting


Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 24 March 2022

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm (SAST)

Presenter: Phil Hammond

About: In this webinar we dig deep to discover details in the highest standard available which will answer so many questions that many professionals have asked me, to get clarity and correct their incorrect interpretation.

  • Definition of Emergency Lighting
  • The Emergency Lighting organigram
  • Standards – local and different international
  • Focus on the highest international standard
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency escape lighting
  • The emergency lighting plan including the emergency escape lighting plan, documentation, instructions, log book
  • Regular testing
  • Regular maintenance
  • Measuring to ensure compliance before Commissioning
  • Commissioning – certificates, reports, hand-over process

Events from the Institution of Lighting Professionals (The ILP) UK

If you are an Institute of Lighting Professional (UK) member we encourage you to sign up for these events. If you are not yet a member of the ILP and would like to apply for student membership please contact us.

NOTE: Student Membership is free for 2 years if you are a student of BHA School of Lighting.

Visit their website here for more info –

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