Seasons Greetings – December 2018 Newsletter

It is hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone.  It has been a good year for us, although at times it has been quite strange going from very quiet to crazy busy with new enrolments.

I hope that you have all had a good year and that 2019 will be an absolute cracker.

I have been monitoring every student.  I am concerned that a number of students simply do not make any progress at all, others make limited progress.

I encourage you to seize the opportunity that the Diploma course offers you.  Do not put off until another day, that which can be achieved today with proper planning and personal commitment foremost to yourself  and then if your company has paid for your enrolment, you have a responsibility to the company as well then which make getting on with it a heavy burden on your shoulders.

Remember that the Diploma Course is a 2 year course.  If you have modules to carry over, you heap pressure on yourself, and even more important, the modules carried over will cost you a considerable amount.

I have communicated with each of the errant students personally, most of whom have not responded.  If any of you find yourselves in the situation that I have described, seize the moment.  This will be the last time that I will be prepared to assist you to get back on track without penalties.  Seize this chance.  Contact me without delay before 15 December 2018.

I am so excited to be able to inform those who have enrolled for the Advanced Diploma Course which is the NEW 2019 Curriculum, by 1 December 2018 the complete first year content will be live on the system.  By 1 January 2018, the first of the Brand New content will also be live.  BHA School of Lighting is the first educational institution in the world to offer the full range of Fourth Industrial Revolution subjects.  Yes, another piece of exciting news, LinkedIn have accorded us University Status!

It is now time for me to wish all of you a happy holiday period.  To those of you who also celebrate Christmas, I wish you a happy and Blessed Christmas and a very successful 2019.  To our Jewish students, “Chag Urim Sameach!”

Until the January 2019 Newsletter, I wish you and your families well.

We are pleased to welcome the following new students to BHA School of Lighting:

  • Peder Christensen, De Villiers and Moore, Cape Town – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Reginald Khoza, De Villiers and Moore, Cape Town – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Johan Dippenaar, De Villiers and Moore, Cape Town – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Shaun Bergh, Lighting and Allied, Pretoria – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Lauren Hoffman, LED Lighting SA – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Liam Abrahams, LED Lighting SA – BHASL018: Online Relux Standard High Level Course
  • Chandre Adams, LED Lighting SA – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  • Werner Cloete, XO Consulting, Durban – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering
  • Graeme Bevan, De Villiers and Moore, Cape Town – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering

Your fellow students and I wish you a very happy birthday!

  • Peter Bodkin, Cape Town – 3 December
  • Zayd Vawda, Johannesburg – 10 December
  • Carin De Beer, Cape Town – 12 December
  • Ryno Roets, Pretoria – 13 December
  • Themeshan Tathiah, Durban – 14 December
  • Wirjan Joubert, Pretoria – 17 December
  • Thulane Mdhluli, Cape Town – 18 December
  • Emile Engel, Mossel Bay – 24 December
  • Kgomotso Sebelebele, Johannesburg – 26 December
  • Zen Singh, Durban – 27 December
  • Arline Du Toit, Cape Town – 29 December
  • Luncedo Gadu, Mossel Bay – 29 December
  • Milase Koti, Johannesburg – 30 December
  • Rizlyn Asuncion, Dubai, U.A.E – 31 December

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ITRI’s Portable UVC LED Water Sterilizer System Wins 2018 R&D 100 Award

Take a look at this amazing LED product – we always only think of the light in a room and never give a thought to how amazing light and sight are, not even when we turn the switch on! (Unedited – published as it was published overseas)

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a Taiwan-based high-tech applied research institution, reported that it has received three 2018 R&D 100 Awards on November 16th in Florida, USA. One of the awarded innovation products was a portable UVC LED water sterilizer system.

ITRI’s portable UVC LED water sterilizer system is the world’s first solar-powered flow-water sterilizer for emergency use. It efficiently produces clean water by killing water-borne bacteria with UVC LED technology. The device is designed for electricity lacking situations with its backup battery delivering 300 to 600 litres of sterilized water. Furthermore, the water sterilizer is easily distributed under extreme conditions to reduce the risks of water-borne diseases.

The unit which fits neatly under the sink

The Portable UVC LED Water Sterilizer System uses 60 milliwatts (mW) ultraviolet (UV) light power to sterilize contaminated water. It can kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria at a flow rate of two litres per minute (LPM). The system can also connect with an Internet of Things (IoT) network for smart management and tracking.

By adopting UVC LED and solar-power technology, the water sterilizer avoids problems such as overheating, short lifetime and high-power consumption of the conventional mercury lamp-based flow-water purification systems. Moreover, it satisfies the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global environmental protection initiative phasing out the production, import and export of products containing mercury by the year 2020.

The water sterilizer, together with ITRI’s Automatic Police UAV Patrol System and Functional Dyeing Synchronized with CO2 Supercritical Technology were granted with 2018 R&D 100 Awards. “We are thrilled to win at R&D 100 Awards once again. I believe these winning technologies will provide a new force for the transformation of Taiwan’s industry,” said ITRI President Edwin Liu. “Through our efforts in promoting start-ups and upgrading industries, we hope these innovative R&D results can be successfully delivered from lab to market, contributing to economic growth,” he stressed.

Importance Of Using A Lighting Designer

This article is published with the kind permission received from Ashley at IALD, Chicago “Hello Philip- wonderful to hear from you!   Of course, you can absolutely utilize Stefan’s article – thank you for asking.” – 28 November 2018

By Stefan Graf, IALD
Principal, IlluminArt
Ypsilanti, MI, USA

Stefan Graf, FIALD founded IlluminArt 30 years ago

There are some important questions that should be considered when planning a new project, specifically: Is “good” illumination important to your project? What is good lighting design and how is it achieved?

Light is a technically difficult yet astonishing medium that requires mastery of varied and continually evolving disciplines. A lighting design practice integrates the arts, sciences and business of illumination design and implementation far beyond concerns of visibility and horizontal footcandles.

Lighting designers work as part of a design team and, like architects, charge fees for services rendered. Professional lighting designers bring solid technical acumen and sensitive design technique to architectural and landscape projects. But the value-added services they provide can make or break the success of a project and, therefore, outweigh, the impact of their fee.

An owner or project designer may be unaware of the advantages an independent lighting consultant can bring to today’s design and construction processes. For example: what is the difference between the services provided by a lighting professional versus an electrical engineer or interior designer? The electrical engineer specified lighting because it was part of the electrical system, and the interior designer selected decorative lighting equipment. Right? So what has changed to create a profession that specializes in lighting?


Lighting equipment and controls technologies are developing at light speed: hundreds of new products are introduced to the marketplace annually. To provide proper design solutions that make use of the latest, most-cost-effective technologies, lighting professionals must attend national trade shows and continually update product information and samples from hundreds of manufacturers. Keeping abreast of newest weapons in the lighting arsenal has become time intensive and more essential. Independent lighting consultants do not sell or install equipment, nor do they depend on the recommendations of lighting salespersons. So the client receives a lighting design based on research and expertise — free from conflicts of interest.


Illumination is the ephemeral partner of architecture. Light is invisible until it strikes an object or surface. And it is controlling this difficult, transitory medium that gives the lighting “artist” the ability to create hierarchies, dynamics and mood. Lighting design has become a creative extension of architectural design, improving visibility and complementing form, program and color. Experience and, of course, talent create patterns of illumination that seamlessly support overall project goals.


Knowledge of physics, optics, electricity, ergonomics, business, codes, environmental issues, construction, vision and the art of design are all essential to creating great lighting solutions. Lighting professionals must be well grounded and continually educate themselves to provide the best possible service. They do so in many ways including networking, reading trade magazines and journals, attending and presenting seminars. This sort of give and take, along with healthy competition, forwards the profession as a whole.

The Cost and Payback of Professional Services

Architectural lighting design is succeeding as a profession because of the many solid answers to this question: Why should an architect or owner pay for lighting design services when it can be done in house or by a salesperson at no additional “cost”? The fee that a lighting designer charges is difficult to sell only when the extent and value of the services are not recognized. But those owners and architects who have benefited from independent, skillful lighting design realize that there are both short- and long-term paybacks that far outweigh a fee. Lighting designers can be a unique, value-added resource. In many instances, a lighting designer will actually reduce the project construction and/or operations costs. Here are some specific areas where this is repeatedly demonstrated.

Equipment Cost Control

Lighting designers can provide a design to meet an established budget, but are most helpful establishing the budget. They will select equipment from numerous manufacturers to help keep bids competitive and recommend lighting equipment or techniques to reduce installation costs. Their involvement encourages competition. However, some light fixtures are “one of a kind,” in which case a price may be obtained from the manufacturer early on. Unit pricing gathered during design development can be compared to unit pricing from the bidding contractors in order to spot gross anomalies. The designer may recommend distributors in order to procure additional competitive bids. Finally, the designer will work with the owner’s rep and contractors to achieve budget objectives without sacrificing design intent.

Operations Cost Control

Reducing the owner’s operations costs may be a crucial part of the design decisions, and these measures often benefit the project aesthetically and practically. Lifecycle cost analysis compares the return on initial investment of different techniques or technologies. Often, costs can be reduced simply by not over-lighting a space. Over-lighting is common if the specifier uses only rote horizontal footcandle prescriptions or fails to understand the project’s specific visual and task issues. All too often the specifier relies on recommendations from persons selling equipment. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ways a professional designer can reduce costs and enhance the project. Improving the reflectance of surfaces (e.g., choosing lighter colors for walls and carpets or replacing dingy ceiling tiles) can help reduce lighting equipment and operations costs. Selective spotlighting is often key to retail sales. Integrating daylight with electric lighting saves energy and provides a satisfying connection to the outside world.

People Costs

Quality of light affects people on many levels. New scientific studies are demonstrating how lighting affects retail sales, the productivity of office workers, wayfinding and safety and security. Lighting designers are keenly aware of these issues and the techniques demanded to achieve results. The cost of poor lighting that just barely meets code is not worth the risk in areas where the “people factor” is important.

Aesthetic Costs

Technical skill can be learned, but talent cannot. Architects know that the value-adder for brilliant and creative design is difficult to assess and depends on the appreciation of decision-makers. However, the difference between a competent lighting design and one that brings architecture to its fullest realization, or beyond, is more often felt than intellectually apparent. When these cost factors are put into play there are demonstrable and recognizable benefits from professional lighting design. So, how do you identify a professional lighting designer? As with any professional hired to provide a service, there are certain credentials that help ensure quality.

How To Qualify a “Lighting Designer”

Anyone with a business card can call himself a lighting designer. Electrical systems designers, electrical contractors, electrical distributors, sales reps and lighting retailers all use the title.
There are ways, however, to identify the full-time, independent professional lighting consultant. If the design of a project is important, the persons in control of lighting design and specification should be participating in one or more lighting programs and associations such as:

IALD Professional and Associate Members

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) was established in 1969 to recognize independent lighting design professionals and promote lighting excellence. Professional membership is limited to experienced designers and is contingent on peer-review of an applicant’s portfolio. IALD members must abide by rules of ethics and do not sell or install lighting equipment. IALD members have worked on many of the world’s most recognized structures. Based in Chicago and comprised of over 1,200 members throughout the world, the IALD’s role is to set the highest standards in the lighting design profession and to advance lighting design excellence in the built environment.

CLD, Certified Lighting Designer

In 2010, an international task force assembled with the goal of identifying how potential professional credentials or a singular credential could benefit the profession of lighting design on a global scale. After years of research through surveys, interviews and meetings between the task force it was decided that there was a pressing need within the lighting design industry for a professional certification that will be recognized globally.

The resultant certification is an evidence-based assessment where the applicant’s competence is listed over seven domains of practice. These seven domains were identified via exhaustive international surveys and research. Subsequent interviews and meetings made it clear that these domains encapsulate the essence of lighting design across the globe. These seven domains describe the practice of architectural lighting design, and provide a measurable standard against which applicants can be ratified.

Lighting Design Awards Programs

The industry recognizes exemplary lighting design each year through various awards programs. Participation and receipt of awards is an indication of skills and talent of a designer. Lighting design firms typically participate and excel in awards programs.

Lighting Education

Professionals regularly attend and give educational seminars locally, nationally and internationally. Many also teach or lecture at local universities. To keep their designs fresh and stay current with product technologies, lighting designers are obliged to expand their knowledge base in the multitude of lighting-related disciplines and techniques.

Architects, facility managers, designers, electrical engineers, builders and owners are among the many who are embracing professional lighting designers to augment their projects. They are finding that the value of an independent lighting design professional is an integral element of outstanding client service.



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