Creating a supportive student environment – July 2022 Newsletter

From the Principal´s Pen

I have previously spoken about our Student Support Sessions.  The sessions are well attended by a handful of students who are clearly very serious about the course and their desire to learn more.  I appreciate, that not every student will have a question to ask, but those who do ask questions, obviously benefit to a great extent. BUT, all of those who attend also benefit.  In some cases, I compile an email with comprehensive answers if necessary which are circulated to all who attended.  Students who have not attended a Support Session, have no idea what they are missing out on.

I am so excited that one of the students who attended the most recent session, has taken the lead to create a First Year Student WhatsApp Group.  This the first step to networking and giving each other mutual support.

It has been my pleasure to assist students with complex lighting designs.  Each of these lighting designs were in my opinion, beyond the present ability of the students.  One of the projects was to light the bottom of an open cast mine which is 2.5km x 1.7km in extent and 490m deep.  The lighting design is done in Relux Desktop Ver 2022.2.2.0.  There is no manual to guide one, only the manual of years of experience in lighting and using Relux Desktop.

Our students, having studied all of the theory, have learnt how to do manual calculations and learnt about the exciting new technologies of the 4IR in second year. In the final stage of Second Year, they will learn how to use Relux Desktop and all of the amazing features to reach the highest level of proficiency before finally graduating after writing their final examinations.

Consulting to fellow professional consulting engineers and large clients in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, continue to be an important part of our business and receive new enquiries regularly.

Finally, you will remember that I gave you advance notification that my good friend and The Institution of Lighting Professionals fellow member and colleague, David Gilbey, will present an stimulating and thought provoking webinar on 21 July 2022 on Lighting, the Power of Ideas .  He is a renowned international lighting designer, and a gentleman who continually inspires through his writings on social media.  David is a valued supporter of the BHA School of Lighting. He and his wife Angela are from the United Kingdom but now reside in Italy.

The webinar is not to be missed,  find a link to register for the webinar later in the Newsletter.

I wish you all great business and good health.

With best wishes

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

  • Renske Snyman, Graduate, Johannesburg – 1 July
  • Fiona Reid, Johannesburg – 3 July
  • Tammy De Oliveira, Cape Town – 4 July
  • Lifa Madelane, Queberha – 8 July
  • Scelo Petrus Cele, Johannesburg – 17 July
  • Anil Naran, Johannesburg – 23 July
  • Lynette Jeppe, Graduate, Bloemfontein – 24 July

Join me to welcome the following new students!

  • Clayton Francis, Eurolux Group, Durban – BHASL001C20: Primary Lighting Course

We wish great success to the following BHA School of Lighting students preparing for Examinations

  • Leshmook Maharaj, Durban, SA
  • Ruben Trigaardt, Cape Town, SA
  • Thibault Fay, Johannesburg, SA

Congratulations to BHA School of Lighting Students

  • Leshmook Maharaj, Matla Consulting, Durban, SA – Passing both first year theory examinations
  • Thibault Fay, Thibault Fay Architecture,  Johannesburg, SA – Passing both first year theory examinations

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Upcoming Events from BHA School of Lighting


Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 21 July 2022

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm (SAST)

Presenter: Special guest speaker & renowned UK Lighting Designer, David Gilbey

About: The presentation will tread the line between educational and inspirational and will look at Conceptual Design.

  • How to create magic in a space, the use of contrast and colour to capture drama and emotion.
  • How to find the project narrative and tell stories with light.
  • How to understand lighting culture and preferences around the globe.
  • How to look at a 2D drawings or 3D models and to visualize the space so that it becomes more than uniformity, more than lines, circles or squares on a drawing.
  • How to seamlessly integrate lighting into the architecture.
  • Our greatest responsibility as lighting designers, to adhere to and how to interpret codes and standards.
  • Lighting is more than just the functional, taking a glimpse into inspirational projects and understanding that we can all discover the greatness in us, through the power of ideas.

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

NOTE:  ALL ILP STUDENT MEMBERS (BHA School of Lighting Students) free to register for Hi Lights and see below for other events.


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