Metaroom app and Relux partner up – August 2023 Newsletter

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Can you believe it?  Seven months of the year have sped by, before we know it, it will be the end of the year!

Our students continue doing well and a number are nearing both First and Second Year examinations.

We recently attended the Relux launch where the new feature was launched.  It is now possible to scan a room or rooms and import the scanned image into Relux.  At present it is only available to users of the Apple iPhone Pro or iPad Pro (series 12 with liDAR scanner).  Android users with LiDAR will have to be patient.  This is a fantastic feature especially when a client is not able to supply a dwg file.  More new features are still due for release before the end of the year. You can learn more about Metaroom app here.

Obtrusive light or nuisance light, continues to be problematic around South Africa.  We are regularly engaged to investigate the problem and then compile a detailed report on our findings.  We equip our clients with professional and expert knowledge to solve the problem, whether through the legal route, arbitration or by providing a solution to the offending party so that all parties have a win-win outcome.

Projects continue to flow in from various parts of South Africa, as far afield as Limpopo province.  Foreign projects are also on hand.  It is extremely exciting and we recently reflected and found that we are much busier than pre-COVID times.

We recently completed the lighting designs for  projects at a factory in Paarl.  In each project, the latest lighting technology and controls have been used.  One of the projects was for exterior security lighting where we used smart technology to ensure that the entire project is very energy efficient, but also because of the smart technology used, the best deterrent and a high level of security is provided.  The high power security light also supports the CCTV and access control systems that are in use.

The first of the series of webinars featuring internationally renowned lighting professionals, took place on 20 July 2023.  Katia Kolovea introduced us to The Lighting Police (TLP), which is an organization of lighting professionals each of whom have significant qualifications in lighting and the related sciences.  The purpose of TLP is purely educational, inspirational and aimed at elevating the knowledge of all about lighting and to elevate the level of lighting design. To find out more if you missed this exceptional presentation, follow the link HERE.

If you missed Katia Kolovea’s presentation, then be sure to register for the next webinar in the series:

  • 17 August 2023 at 18:00 SAST – Angie Ohman is a project manager at the Refro Design Group in New York city.  Angie holds a Bachelor degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Lighting.  She was also the co-author of Lighting Intuition for Architects.
  • 21 September at 18:00 SAST – David Gilbey, the Founder of D-lighting who is a renowned international lighting expert, will present what should be an extremely interesting presentation on the lighting up of heritage buildings and sites of ancient civilizations.
  • 19 October at 18:00 SAST – Prof Peter Dunsby, a cosmologist who will present about our magnificent sky at night and the impact of light pollution on their work and our ability to enjoy the night sky.
  • November webinar still to be announced.

It is easy to register to attend our webinars, simply go to

We have been working hard to have our new course material ready and translated into Arabic for our esteemed partners in Saudi Arabia, the Marketing Home Group, their extensive number of Lighting Stores with the Illus brand.  The launch date is imminent. It is exciting for us.  We are privileged to work with some amazing people.  On 27 July, the head of training for the group took me on a tour of their biggest lighting showroom in Jeddah.  It was an eye opener, very professionally set up and so well-categorized. Thank you Mr Al-Hani.

Students continue to take advantage to attend the FREE OF CHARGE monthly online Student Support Sessions.  Some excellent questions are asked.  I am sure that every student benefits from the answers and to some of the very interesting discussion that takes place on a variety of lighting topics. More and more students are enjoying meeting their fellow students from around the world in some 39 countries.  If you are one of the students who have not yet taken advantage of the FREE session, join us on 2 August  at 18:00.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Be on the lookout for your invitations in your email inbox.  Always check your junk folder in case you miss it.

Please remember that the webinar attendance is limited to 100 people.  Even if you have registered, it will still be on a first come, first served basis,  Be sure to be in the FIRST Group. We hope to see you there.

I wish you all great business and good health.

With best regards


August Student Birthdays

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

Charmaine Conradie, Paarl 2 August
Jan-Hendrik Verdoes, Windhoek (Graduate – 2 August
Justice Bengu, Durban – 3 August
Renaldo Du Pisanie, Windhoek (Graduate 10 August
Leslie Booysen, Johannesburg – 11 August
Mardie Hufke, Cape Town – 14 August
Keegan Warne, Cape Town – 15 August
Savas Seckin, Istanbul, Turkiye – 20 August
Ewald Germishuys, Cape Town – 21 August
John Tau, Taung – 27 August
Sicelo Zitha, Johannesburg – 31 August

Welcome to our new BHA School of Lighting Students

Mohamed Ameur Hizem, London, United Kingdom – Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Michael Ngema, Regent Lighting Solutions, Johannesburg, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course
Innocent Segoai, Wahl Industries, Johannesburg, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course
Tassney Jacobs, Wahl Industries, Johannesburg, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course
Lawrence Pillay, Wahl Industries, Durban, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course
Ewald Germishuys. Wahl Industries, Cape Town, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course
Nasieba Adams, Wahl Industries, Johannesburg, RSA – Foundation Lighting Course

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

Nicole Farman, Chicago, USA
Scott Williamson, Doha, Qatar
Beth Maina, Nairobi, Kenya

Congratulations to the following BHA School of Lighting students

Mthulisi Dube, Pretoria – on passing your first year examinations and progressing to Second Year
Charne Gunning, Sydney, Australia – on passing your first year examinations and progressing to Second Year
Armand Gouws, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa – on graduating cum laude from Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Leshmook Maharaj, Durban, South Africa – on graduating cum laude from Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course

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Upcoming Events from BHA School of Lighting

Episode 8 of 2023 – Lighting Intuition for Architects by Special Guest, Angie Ohman (CPD Activity)


Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 17 August 2023

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm (SAST)

Presenter: Angie Ohman, Renfro Design Group, New York, USA

Angie’s interest in lighting began in architecture school and continues to fascinate her today by its dynamic ability to interact with materials and change a space. She aims to increase awareness and interest in light’s impact and potential among architects, designers and end users. In 2018, she wrote and illustrated Lighting Intuition for Architects in collaboration with her colleagues at Renfro Design Group to help make basic principles of lighting design more approachable and accessible.

She has been at Renfro Design Group in New York City since 2017, working as a project manager and designer on a variety of projects including museums, historical sites, high-end residential work, and office spaces. Recent projects include exhibits and spaces at the American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library, and the South Street Seaport Museum. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Lighting from RPI’s Lighting Research Center. She was honored to be named as one of the ’40under40’ recipients in 2022.


Lighting has its own learning curve that designers experience over time. What Lighting Intuition for Architects strives to do is consolidate some of the common questions and concepts of lighting in a digestible and fun illustrated format. Light is an endlessly fascinating, though challenging, material to work with, and we wanted to share our love of light and some of our experience with others. I’ll share illustrations from the book along with sketches and images from projects to show some of the pitfalls and successes that made us want to make the book in the first place.

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