New Year, Fresh Prospects – January 2024 Newsletter

By the time that you start reading this Newsletter, the first for 2024, you will have celebrated the exit of the Old Year and will have Welcomed in the New Year.  We hope that you are well-rested and eager to tackle 2024 with vigour and enthusiasm. We are confident that it will be a cracking good 2024.

We are excited and anticipate an even greater number of student enrolments this year. We also anticipate an increase in project work.  We already have two major new projects and a further two prestigious projects on hand from last year, one of which is due for completion in June 2024.

We have a schedule of top-quality webinars planned with leading international presenters who are all the top experts in their respective fields. All lighting engineers, lighting designers, electrical consulting engineers, architects, interior designers and BHA School of Lighting students should not miss attending the BHA School of Lighting Enlightened Community webinars and we invite you to view the webinar schedule here.

The exclusive course that we developed for the Marketing Home Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is running well.  The course will be further enhanced with the introduction of an online 2-hour lecture session at the end of each module prior to the students taking the Quiz for the particular Module. Microsoft Teams will be used to host these lecture sessions.  Team easily accommodates all of the students and staff of MHG.  The lecture sessions will be attended by all their students and the training staff.

As is customary at the beginning of every year, every module in the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering course is reviewed and if necessary, it is updated to include the latest information both academically and with content for the latest new lighting and control technologies.

Module 14: Standards and Compliance will undergo a major revision using the latest international standards as the point of reference.  This will elevate the content considerably.  South African students will benefit still being able to reference South African National Standards (SANS).  The primary resources will be the international standards documents. Emergency Lighting Standards will be completely revised to also comply with international standards and procedures which is much more detailed and advanced than SANS.

The Emergency Lighting Course will also be completely revised to bring it into line with the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering content on that subject.

We recently received two awards from ClickMeeting, Poland. BHA School of Lighting presented 31 webinars, 18 meetings, with a combined duration of 2962 minutes.  Attendees spent 49465 hours at our events.  We received the Webinar Star Award for 2023 and the Webinar Attendee Magnet Award for 2023.

Daniel and I will continue to receive more Microsoft Teams coaching from Productivity Active owner, Richard De Villiers.  We are becoming more comfortable and more conversant with the capabilities and benefits of Teams.  The new One Drive is also such a benefit and adds to our being more productive without having to search for files or other data.  All student support sessions, tuition sessions and private lessons will be conducted on Teams.  The first FREE Student Support Session will take place on Wednesday 10 January 2024 at 18:00.  All students are encouraged to attend.  The Teams notification was already sent out to students.

As we informed you last month, Co-pilot is now part of Microsoft software.  Well, I personally am still learning how to use it properly and to maximise the benefits.  There are more and more features in the Microsoft 365 suite. When using teams there are so many useful applications that can be accessed from within Teams.  Why don’t you start to discover the amazing power of the New Teams and One Drive?

Finally to our students. Nicole Farman and Enzo Manna, we wish you the best success as you prepare for your final examinations and graduation as fully qualified illumination engineers.

We wish everyone a brilliant and successful 2024.

With best regards

Philip Hammond

Upcoming Events from BHA School of Lighting

Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 18 January 2024

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm SAST (GMT+2)

Presenter: Phil Hammond, Lighting Engineer at BHA Lighting Design & Consulting & Educator at BHA School of Lighting


About this Webinar:  This Enlightened Community event will take a deep dive into a real live case of obtrusive light and light pollution. The gory detail about tackling a case of obtrusive light will be discussed in detail, including the procedures that need to be followed to restore harmony in theses cases, with a focus on possible solutions to combat obtrusive light and minimize light pollution in the nighttime environment.

To set the scene for this webinar we will take a look at the full glory of the night sky. Ask how does the night sky differ in variable conditions? Discuss how we observe light when out and about and talk about standards, regulations and guidelines.

After setting the scene for the real obtrusive light case, we will be looking at Google Earth, then identify the source of the problem on site and analyze & report the extent of the problems to mitigate for obtrusive light and light pollution. Finally we will discuss lighting design solutions and techniques to combat or eliminate the problem of obtrusive light.

Welcome to our new BHA School of Lighting Students

Natasha Stroebel, Eurolux Group, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Jona Jaira Padilla, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – BHASL001C20: Foundation Lighting Course
Syed Azadar Hussain Shah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Alaa Ismail, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Paula Henry Nagiub Bachtly, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Paul Van Staden, Stellenbosch, South Africa – BHASL005C21: Emergency Lighting Course

January Student Birthdays

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

Abdurahman Ameen, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 1 January
Armand Gouws, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) South Africa – 10 January
Pablo Albarello, Cape Town, South Africa – 10 January
Mbongiseni Mkandla, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11 January
Heena Gyanchand, RS Puram, India – 20 January
Syed Azadar Hussain Shah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27 January
Andrea Montera Salazar, San Jose, Costa Rica – 29 January
Shaun Bergh, Pretoria, South Africa 31 January

Special Congratulations to the following student who has successfully graduated from the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course

Katherine Stead, Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, South Africa on your graduation on 14 December 2023, from the BHA School of Lighting Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering course and is now a fully qualified lighting engineer.

We are incredibly proud of your achievement and it has been our honour to watch you grow from strength to strength as you have progressed through the course.

We wish you the best success and have no doubt your lighting design knowledge and skills will greatly benefit every project that you are involved in.

If you would also like to become a lighting engineer, you can find more info about the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering e-learning course here.

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

Nicole Farman, Chicago, USA – Second Year Final Theory
Enzo Manna, Pretoria, RSA – Second Year Final Practical

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Join a Professional Lighting Institution or Community

We encourage all of our Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering students to apply for student membership for little or no fees at local and international professional lighting institutions and lighting network communities. By becoming a member you will gain access to further study material, courses, workshops, webinars & stipends.

BHA School of Lighting is proud to be affiliated with the the International Association of Lighting Designers, the Institute of Lighting Professionals, the Virtual Lighting Design Community, The Lighting Police, Women in Lighting and the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa.

Find more info about each organisation and community, as well as membership info here.

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