Happy New Year – January 2022 Newsletter

January 2022 has dawned!  We wish you all a very successful year ahead.  It will be a good one and I am sure that it will be way better than the last two years as the pandemic eases.

Whilst you all ponder what the year will bring, let me share some of the exciting things that I have in store for you.

I have heard about other online courses for different subjects where students receive no support whatsoever. From the outset when we launched our first course in May 2013, we have always given our full support to our students.  We monitor the progress of students against the study plans that the students compiled for themselves to suit their particular personal routines.  Daniel spends considerable time preparing progress monitor reports for EVERY student every two months.  The aim is to help students to keep on track to their own study plans.

We are well known for the support that we give to our students, well this is taking a further step up.  From January 2022, I will schedule a monthly online event for First Year students and another for Second Year students which will be free of charge to attend.  The purpose of each monthly event will be for students to ask questions relating to the study content that they are working on, irrespective of which module they may be working on.  The aim of the event is to help students to have an even better and complete understanding of the content.  It is our intention to ensure that every student will have the very best chance of excellent success and to graduate well at the end of the course.

Our webinars have attracted attendance from many countries around the world.  They have become increasingly popular with registrations to attend regularly in excess of 120.  It is always important for anyone planning to register and attend that only the first 100 attendees physically online before the start of the webinar, can attend.  That is the maximum capacity that we accept.

The first in an entirely new webinar series entitled: “Let there be Light”, a completely different approach to light and lighting.  In this webinar, I will delve into the origin of light and much more.  Make sure that you do not miss this one.  You will not find the content very easily in any single text book or reference work.  More webinars are in the planning for the first 6 months of the year 2022.

Thank you to everyone who sent us Christmas and New Year messages.  We certainly appreciate your warmth.

All that remains is for me to encourage you to be curious.  We never know enough.  No matter how old or young you may be, there is just so much to learn to be well rounded and to be a complete professional illumination engineer.

With best wishes

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

  • Sara Lieno, Helsinki, Finland – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
  • Paul de Beer, Adamo Lights, Cape Town: BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course

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

  • Armand Gouws, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) 10 January
  • Monginseni Welcome Mkandla, Johannesburg – 11 January
  • Andrea Montero Salazar, San Jose, Costa Rica – 29 January
  • Shaun Bergh, Pretoria – 31 January

The following students are preparing to write their first year examinations.  We wish you success!

  • Ross Sharp, Cape Town
  • Nicole Farman, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Savas Seckin, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Yogandren Perumal (Deon) Govender, Matla Consulting, Durban passed the BHASL005C21: Emergency Lighting Course


Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 20 January 2022

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm (SAST)

Presenter: Phil Hammond

About: Light, its origins, scriptural references and importance in so many respects.  At the start of a New Year, the aim is to start at the beginning: “Let there be Light”.

  • Definitions of light
  • Origin of light
  • Scriptural references to light
  • Light and darkness
  • How light is formed
  • Light for health
  • Importance of all forms of light
  • Artificial light
  • Light in architecture
  • Light in interior design
  • Transformative lighting

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 as long as you are a student of BHA School of Lighting.

Visit their website here for more info – https://theilp.org.uk/ 

This January & February BHA School of Lighting is offering a 25% discount off our Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering e-learning lighting course fees.

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN ILLUMINATION ENGINEERING (NQ7/EQ7) – For course curriculum & more info click HERE

WAS USD2070 | ZAR30000 NOW USD1552 | ZAR22500

New Year Promo payment plans available for the Advanced Diploma on personal application, installments due on 25th of each month, T’s & C’s apply:

  • 3 months @ USD517 | ZAR7500
  • 6 months @ USD281 | ZAR4086
  • 12 months @ USD151 | ZAR2186
  • 24 months @ USD81 | ZAR1172


To qualify for this offer, simply select the course you’d like to study, download our enrolment form & quote “NEW YEAR PROMO” on the form where the discount code can be inserted.

Please forward your completed course enrolment form to phil@bhalighting.co.za before 28 February 2022 to qualify for this discount offer.

Additional Terms & Conditions: 

  • All course fees are non-refundable
  • If students overrun their 2 year study period to complete the Advanced Diploma course & final exams, the cost per additional month of study is R2000.00.

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Space Station Starts Yet Another Horticultural Project

Merry Christmas, astronauts! NASA sends up LEDs and Petri plates to grow and study edible roots and shoots in the less-than-optimal environment of space, where people still need to eat.

A Petri plate of Arabidopsis after 10 days of growth on Earth in a trial before NASA delivered gear to the ISS. The genus Arabidopsis includes thale cress, widely used in plant studies because it is relatively easy to observe its changes. (Photo credit: Image courtesy of Grant Vellinger Techshot/Redwire for NASA.)

If you looked up to the skies on Christmas Eve, it’s possible you caught a glimpse of Rudolph and the crew. But depending on where you were in the world, there’s a far greater chance that you spotted the International Space Station (ISS).

And if you’re reading this article, we can assume that you have at least a marginal interest in LED lighting. So whether or not the ISS came into your field of vision amid the eggnog and the present wrapping, it might warm your heart to know that last week NASA delivered an early Christmas present to the world’s highest-altitude orbiting science lab: A brand-new plant growing system complete with — you guessed it — LED grow lights.

The new gear is designed to examine the early stages of plant growth in the microgravity of space, looking specifically at seeds, roots, and shoots in rectangular Petri plates.

“This understanding could contribute to the design of plants better able to withstand adverse environmental conditions, including long-duration spaceflight,” NASA explains on its website.

Like the other onboard horticultural experiments (see the list below), one of the intentions is to learn more about how to cultivate edibles that would feed people on future missions. As NASA puts it, “The space environment is not optimal for plant growth.”

The latest project will specifically examine how regulatory RNA and molecular mechanisms sense and respond to the unfamiliar space environment.

It includes several modules provided by space biotechnology firm Techshot, called Phytofuge modules. Each Phytofuge holds three Petri plates. LED lighting shines on the plates 16 hours a day, for 10–12 days. NASA did not elaborate on the brightness or the spectral content. The cycle includes 8 hours of daily darkness, a setup that simulates long day conditions. After the 10–12 days, astronauts store the dishes in the ISS’ Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer, until they are returned to Earth for analysis.

The whole setup goes by the name “Plant RNA Regulation Redux in Multi Variable Platform (MVP-Plant-01).”

NASA delivered the kit via the privately-contracted SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on Wednesday. Dragon docked while the ISS was 260 miles over the South Pacific Ocean. It arrived bearing other experimental goodies as well. Among them were a handheld bioprinter that uses a person’s skin to form tissue for bandages; mechanisms for testing crystallization of monoclonal antibodies used in cancer treatment; blood and saliva collection devices to help study the virulence of pathogens in space; and a manufacturing device for making alloys — some researchers thinks that space is a superior environment for making strong super alloys.

The bounty even included experimental Tide laundry soap from Procter & Gamble that could potentially eliminate even the toughest of space stains and eventually help earthlings keep their clothes clean.

That’s something to ponder when you spill the red wine over your brand new Christmas.

Smart Lighting Solutions Are Must For Smart City Dwellers

I elected to include an article from a magazine that I subscribe to about lighting in India. Rather than look inwards at South Africa, it is much ,ore advantageous to have a brought view of lighting in other parts of the world.  It is especially good to look at lighting in other countries within the so-called developing nations.

In an exclusive e-interview with the team of Lighting India, Mohit Sharma, Business Head India & Global – CLS (Complete Lighting Solution), Jaquar Group, a leading brand of bathroom fittings, lighting and geysers (Complete Bathroom & Lighting Solutions) focuses on the changing trends of lighting in India.

How is the concept of good and effective lighting growing among Indian customers?

Indian customers understand the need of Effective Lighting and have started identifying that Lighting in any building consumes up to 40% of the total energy used and effective lighting not only strengthens security but also improves productivity. A well designed lighting system increases productivity, provides safe environment, reduces energy & maintenance costs. Both Individual & Society interests are served by more effective lighting and reduced operating costs. Lighting industry in India has generated a lot of opportunities and has to go a long way.

Which are the essential differences between commercial and home lighting solutions?

A residential lighting solution is all together different from a commercial lighting solution. From design and product selection to installation, there are several factors that distinguish the two types of lighting solutions. The primary difference between the two lighting solutions is their purpose and functionality. Commercial lights require bright lights with more Lumen output. Commercial grade light products are made of more robust protection drivers, heat sinks and lenses to last longer while residential grade products are the products that are specifically designed to be used at homes, and are not for heavy usage and long working hours.

How helpful have been the modern apps to change the ambiance without changing the hardware?

Till date we have seen dimming of lights with dimmers, 0-10V and DALI. Then came  DMX LED colour changing solution for lighting in indoor and outdoor architectural lighting applications.

Now with the use of app based solution in different applications, the control system has become wireless remote/app control based. Today Smart Lighting Technology uses platforms like Bluetooth, BLE, BLE Mesh, Zigbee, and Wi-Fi. These technologies are user friendly with flexibility and are quite affordable.
In the recent developments, Lights are controlled remotely or via voice. One has complete control on the function and application of lights. These features make the lights an integral part of the smart homes, smart city and so on meeting the requirement that light should adjust with the background in such a way that the built environment feels just as visually comfortable as the lighting in our natural environments.

Image by Jean-Paul Jandrain from Pixabay

Do you feel that the Indian Lighting products’ market have been affected too much by the spread of COVID – 19?

Due to COVID-19 all the industries across the world have faced upside down situation. Every industry is figuring new ways to do business to survive and sustain. Similar is the situation within the lighting Industry and against these setbacks, there has been positive impact to make innovations & strategy. The Indian Lighting Industry was also highly affected given that 45% of the components required in the Indian electronics industry are imported from China and to meet this great demand we are very much aligned with the national vision of ‘MAKE IN INDIA FOR THE WORLD’.

Being passionate to manufacture and manufacturing being in the DNA of Jaquar Group, we have a backward integration in lighting fixtures at our State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility and NABL accredited R&D laboratory at Manesar, which gave us an edge to establish ourselves among the key lighting players in the country. The most important part  is the LED drivers & these are manufactured in house through fully automated SMT machines. Also, we have similar automated lines for LED MCPCB assemblies as well. In addition to this, we are also manufacturing other components such as surge protection devices and sensors as well to further strengthen our supply chain. Further, we are coming up with a new manufacturing facility in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan by the end of this year where we will be setting up our own die casting units, which will reduce our dependency on outsourced raw materials, and will also minimize the lead times for the deliveries. At the end, all I can say is that though it’s a challenging time for all, being self-driven – we will come over it with ‘Make in India’.

What are the opportunities in disguise in this period?

Due to changing environment in the current situation, new technologies are emerging in the markets to help mankind to overcome the hardships–and to make better lifestyle with added safety features to safeguard others and self. Innovation and R&D are key catalysts in any business and we truly believe in the idea of innovation to provide the best in class solution to the world. Today our bathroom solutions is leading  with innovation in these difficult times and is building solutions that can help people stay safe and healthy. Recently, we have launched a marketing  campaign ‘Sense & Sensibility’ that  enables touch free solutions. On the similar lines, we have introduced lighting fixtures that can be operated without any physical contact and can be optimally utilized with energy savings.

How popular are Jaquar products in the Indian market today?

First of all, it is the legacy of Jaquar Bathroom Solutions, which gave the leverage to uplift the lighting business. Secondly, it’s the trust of  the  people in the  quality and the services provided by the Jaquar group to its customers. Also, the infrastructure that we have built for Lighting business that includes our state of the art manufacturing facility and NABL accredited R&D laboratory that gave us an edge  to   establish ourselves among the key lighting players in the country.
Today we have enough credentials in our kitty. We have already Illuminated prestigious spaces such as Parliament Hall, Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar  that hosted 2018  Men’s World Cup, Dynamic Facade Lighting of Rajkot Bus Port and Durgam Cheruvu Cable Bridge at Hyderabad. In addition to above, we have good presence in hospitality sector as well and we have worked with groups like Marriot, Mayfair, Radisson, Lemon Tree to name a few. Looking at the current  CAGR of lighting industry in India and also considering our  manufacturing capacity and capabilities we are targeting a revenue of 1000 Cr. by 2022.

What kind of effort are you putting to educate the Indian buyers on the need and potential of good lighting?

The users and lighting industry are so much fascinated with energy saving and pricing that almost all are neglecting the fact that currently, poor quality finished products are sold in the market to consumers’ at cheap prices making ill effects on the consumer well-being on long-term basis, which is indistinguishable. We are educating the buyers through training sessions of the product range and providing solutions with help of our in house lighting planning teams who provide design and product solutions and also help in executing the projects. All these services are provided  free of cost to all  our customers and are available  all across the country as per the Vision of our Director Mr. Ranbir Raj Mehra to bring Delight and connect to Customer in providing the best in class Solution maintaining the  quality and the services provided by the Jaquar Group to its customers. Further, under his dynamic leadership, Jaquar Lighting has ventured into Dynamic Facade Lighting segment and we have already cracked some big prestigious projects in the country. We are providing end to end SITC solutions in Facade Lighting.This provides us an edge over the  other players as we have the capabilities to provide customized solutions within defined time lines and as per the customers’ requirements.

How much impact has your product VIVID made on Indian society? What are the primary areas where these colour changing lights are being used?

We have received an overwhelming response for Vivid Jaquar Lighting Products as these are perfect solution for your home and celebrations and set up the mood lighting and the tone for the day or the evening. You can control the colour and intensity of your lights with these Vivid Smart Bulbs with just a click of a button on your smart phone through The Jaquar Lighting App, available on the iPhone App Store And Google Play Store. Go smart with these smart LED bulbs. Play with the settings and turn it warm, or cold, bright or light and tweak it according to your preference with these smart lights!

What are the benefits of smart lighting at a glance? How is its demand growth in India?

Technology comprising combination of smart features with energy efficiency is leading to smart solution facilitating the growth of smart cities across the nation. We have introduced Smart Street Lighting solutions for future cities. These lighting fixtures can  be addressed individually or in a group.  Scheduled on/off, dimming is  the basic feature. These intelligent fixtures can communicate to each other and to a central server through a wireless protocol and capture huge amount of data that can be used to conduct various levels of analysis  and create inferences for  some actionable insight. Predictive maintenance being one of the most important actionable insight.

Smart Lighting industry in India has tremendous opportunity as there are several Smart Cities projects proposed and approved by Government of India. This is the right time to invest in these technologies to be ready for the future.

With an estimated market of about Rs 20,000 crore, the lighting industry is witnessing tremendous growth. Further, in LED segment alone, there is a double digit growth observed since last few years.

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