How Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Impact You? – February 2019 Newsletter

I am sure that all students and readers do not appreciate that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is advancing at an alarmingly fast rate.

As students of BHA School of Lighting, you probably do not realise that it is thanks to the Fourth Industrial Revolution that you are able to study and graduate into a  high level profession on the best e-learning software that is available in the world.  You enrolled for the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering which is accredited and internationally recognised as one of the best of its kind to graduate to be fully equipped to cope with a new era in lighting.  You access the the online system which is housed on our own dedicated and secure cloud based webserver.

For those of you who are enrolled on the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering, in second year you will study the Fourth Industrial Revolution in detail.  You will watch the best of the available video material which will make you immensely aware of the importance of what is happening around us and how it impacts on lighting today and in the future.

Your journey into the very latest in lighting technology and into lighting of the future, will not end there.  Buckle up for a truly exciting and eye-opening discovery.

In a recent communication to all of the leading lighting companies in South Africa and a long list of persons who had expressed interest in the courses over some time.  Whilst encouraging companies to enroll their staff and for those on the list to enroll for the Advanced Diploma course, I posed them this equation informing them that the answer could be learnt if enrolled for the course:

4IR LT = +sum( IoT + PoE + VLC + IPS + HCL + Controls)

If you do not yet know the answer, have patience, those of you who are already enrolled on the course, you will find out in your second year.

If you do not prepare well for the technology battle in the lighting environment, you will loose the battle and you will be left behind.  For those of you who have either graduated from the original diploma course already or those of you who are still enrolled on the original BHASL003 course, I am offering a last opportunity to migrate to the new BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering.  If you decide that you would like to accept the offer, contact me via e-mail and I will provide you with details of the course and costs.

IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers) Trust Programs


Travel Stipends and Scholarships provide support to educators, students and new graduates for the purpose of promoting the study of architectural lighting design. The IALD Education Trust awards over $40,000 USD (approx R560,000) in travel stipends and $12,000 USD (approx R168,000) in scholarships each year.

As an Educator Member of the IALD, let me tell you a little about the IALD Education Trust.  The trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 (USA reference) charitable educational organization that provides direct support to educators, students and new graduates for the purpose of promoting the study of architectural lighting design.

MISSION: To grow the available pool of entry level lighting designers by fostering connections between pre-practitioners and practitioners of the lighting design profession.

VISION: To create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design; to cultivate the universal acknowledgement and appreciation of the Power of Light in human life.

Only registered students can apply for stipends or scholarships. If you are an existing student of BHA School of Lighting, you can apply for membership of IALD.  Here are the details exactly as they appear on the IALD website, to assist you:


Student membership shall be open to a student in good standing of an accredited institution such as a technical school, design school, college or university, with studies concentrated in lighting design or related fields. Student membership is also open to all interns working in the field of lighting design. Student members are non-voting members of the IALD.

The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership application. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received by the IALD.

Student Grade Applicant Checklist

  1. Student application – an online application form which can be completed online, then print it out to sign, then scan to submit to IALD.
  2. Copy or scan of current student identification or class schedule
  3. Signature or contact information of professor/supervisor to confirm student status.  I can provide you with a letter of confirmation of your enrolment and good standing.  Remember, I will only assist students who are on track with their study program.
  4. $20.00 USD (about R280) dues payable to IALD

  • Emery Nshimirimana, Eurolux, Cape Town – BHASL001: Foundation Lighting Course
  • Willem Coetzee, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Arnold Gillespie, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Elizabeth Kahwenga, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Corrie Prinsloo, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Nico Ras, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Leon Strydom, Spoormaker & Partners, Centurion – BHASL004: Scotopic Richness of Light
  • Colin Bell, Afrison LED, Centurion – BHASL018: Online RELUX Standard Course
  • Warren Massey, Arora Lights, Stikland – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  • Ayanda Mavundla, DSP Consulting, Pretoria – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  • Ronald Mabote, Mott Macdonald Africa, Johannesburg – BHASL003C19:
    Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  • Gareth Mcdonald, GL Lighting, Germiston – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering

Join me in wishing the following students a very happy birthday and an amazing year ahead!

  • Peder Christensen, Cape Town – 1 February
  • Patrick Mawila, Pretoria – 2 February
  • Franz Fertig, Cape Town – 5 February
  • Vicki Vermeulen, Cape Town – 6 February
  • Cindy Kim Montague, Johannesburg – 9 February
  • Werner Klimke, Cape Town – 9 February
  • Kwame Adu-Asomaning, Cape Town – 13 February
  • Werner Cloete, Durban – 16 February
  • Paul Unamutira, Windhoek – 19 February
  • Paul Trewartha, Cape Town – 20 February
  • Abigail Wentzel, Pretoria – 20 February
  • Murshid Raven, Cape Town – 21 February
  • Rudi Scholtz, Cape Town – 23 February
  • Jannie Malan, Cape Town – 24 February
  • Warren Smith, Durban – 26 February
  • Kavitha Govender, Johannesburg – 26 February
  • Edward Mohlwini, Lephalale – 27 February
  • Gloria Snyman, Roodepoort – 29 February
  • Jannie van Aswegan, Mossel Bay – 28 February

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SDC-IBA 2019 – Conference & Exhibition

Phil has been invited to speak on Day 2 of the annual SDC-IBA 2018 Conference & Exhibiton. He will focus on the following topics:

  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) for home, office and factory automation
  • Intelligent lighting systems and associated networks, controls and sensors

See the full 2 Day programme and other details below by clicking the thumbnail below.

SDC-IBA 2019 – Conference & Exhibition


The large-scale permanent projection artwork, titled ‘Forest Fuel’ reveals an invisible part of the energy process at Sävenäsverket – a biomass plant in Sweden using wood chips left over from the forestry industry to generate power and heating for the city of Gothenburg.

Illustrating the link between industry and nature, the project highlights the building’s relationship with the landscape – communicating the role and importance of the forest in sustaining Gothenburg’s energy needs.

The ashes from the combustion of wood chips are returned to the forest floor to provide essential nutrients for replanting and regrowth – representing a unique cycle of renewed energy.

The projection design is based on silhouettes of different pine species in varying shades of green which help soften the exterior of the building at night. The incorporation of subtle animation effects further enhances the visual effect.

The work is funded under the one percent scheme in a collaboration between Gothenburg Arts and Gothenburg Energy.

Dutch City Pioneers ‘Light-on-Demand’ Street Lighting

A Dutch city has turned to ‘light on demand’ technology to allowed it to provide the residents with sufficient light levels while also preventing energy waste and light pollution.

The Municipality of Helmond is pioneering sensor-based connected street lighting to give the right amount of lighting when and where necessary.

Motion-detecting units ramp up light levels when pedestrians, cyclists and cars are detected.

The system – from Dutch manufacturer Tvilight – also allows remote control of the public lighting by city managers, and as it’s upgradeable, provides an open, flexible, and future-proof foundation for future Smart City developments and applications.

The intelligent lighting creates a digital infrastructure that will evolve together with the city’s needs and that allows Helmond to add new applications in the future, such as sensors that can monitor noise, traffic or weather conditions and adjust the light accordingly based on analysed data.

The integration of additional applications via an open API interface will increase the value of the connected public lighting infrastructure in Helmond.

‘I don’t feel safe when it’s dark,’ says local resident Britt van Asperdt. ‘I prefer that the street is well-illuminated, at least when I am there.’

Alfred Groote, public lighting manager at the Municipality of Helmond, told Lux: ‘Sustainability’s important for us and that’s why we’ve been looking for ways to save energy and reduce the CO2 footprint. Besides this, what we ultimately want is a liveable and safe city for everyone. That’s why public lighting is so important—because people enjoy living in the city only when they feel safe and comfortable.’

Since the first pilot installation in 2013, the municipality has steadily rolled out the technology at various locations throughout the city, in combination with a broad range of luminaire types.

The sensor-based lighting has been installed in public roads, residential neighbourhoods, pedestrian zones, parking lots, and bicycle paths, allowing for dynamic light levels that reflect actual human presence and citizen needs.

It is when we read about these that we realise how far behind we are in South Africa.  When we did the outdoor designs for Hotel Verde at the Cape Town International Airport in 2013, we specified outdoor lights that dimmed to 50% but brightened to 100% when anyone was detected within a 10m radius.  They still work perfectly still today.

Quote of the Month

Have you considered adding value to your business by enabling employees to graduate with a qualification which will contribute to greater profitability for your business?

I recently read some quotations and each word of them was true!  Here is one by the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford.

If you have followed the Davos World Economic Forum outcomes, you would have heard about the pressing need to educate company staff because of the very rapid changes in technology.

Identify your potential candidates and invest in their education to graduate with an internationally recognised qualification to benefit your business.


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