Solving student questions – June 2022 Newsletter

The Principal´s Pen

It is such a pleasure to be able to bring you another edition of the BHA School of Lighting Newsletter.

It is my pleasure and at the same time immense sadness that I wish Daniel, my son and support every success in Vigo, Galicia, Spain where he has moved to be with his wife, Cristina.  Daniel will continue to give is attention to our first year students, to mentor them and to look after our marketing and social media posts.  Good News The world continues to rotate.  The sun rises and sets each day, despite the war in Ukraine, despite the incredible lockdowns taking place in 27 cities in China affecting 165 million people, despite all other bits of less than great news in the world and in South Africa.
It also goes without saying that he will continue to provide our clients with exceptional professional lighting designs by BHA Lighting.

I suppose now that Daniel and his older brother both live in Spain, Matthew in Madrid and Daniel in the North in Vigo, it is good motivation for mom and dad to travel to Spain again some time to visit them!

I am also pleased to announce that Ruben Triegaardt, a First Year Student who is an the threshold of writing his First Year Final examinations, is emigrating to Netherlands to take up a position with a company there.  I ask that you all join me in wishing him every success and we hope that he will settle in quickly to his exciting new environment.

We have several other students who are in the negotiation process with companies in different overseas countries.  We wish them every success and hope that their arrangements and agreements reach finality soon.

We wish Nicole Farman much success and enjoyment in her new home in Horsham, Sussex in the United Kingdom. We hope that you too will settle in and adapt to the UK weather.

I so enjoy hearing such good news about students and also being able to celebrate in someone’s success. Good news is such a valuable commodity.  One gets so tired of hearing bad news from conflict, corruption and political scandals.

The student support sessions are coming into their own with more students making use of the session.  I have been personally stimulated by the range of questions asked and the discussions that follow.  Even those students who do not ask questions, undoubtedly benefit from listening to the discussions and also enjoy the opportunity to meet their fellow students. During the most recent First Year Student Support Session, apart from clarification about a question asked in one of the modules, the answer to which could be found of a specific pages in the module manual, other topics included finding a solution to floodlight 12m high bulk fuel tanks, access lighting for patrons to negotiate stairs into and out of an outdoor amphitheatre, luminaire colours to select in applications, the influence of surface reflectances, colours and materials on calculation results when determining the correct illuminance/lux levels.  Finally, developing a high level of proficiency when using Relux Desktop including knowing how to apply EVE factors for visually demanding tasks, surface reflectances, cleaning cycle and other influences including life expectancy and user’s typical burn hours to arrive at the correct maintenance factor and not simply settling for using the global maintenance factor detailed in SANS 10114-1: 2020: Lighting for Interiors.  Whilst first year students do not learn how to use RELUX until Module 28 towards the end of their Second Year, many students already use Relux in some way even if they only use Relux Express, the very basic part of the awesome, full and very powerful RELUX software.

I am thrilled to tell you about a webinar that will be presented by my good friend and The Institution of Lighting Professionals colleague, David Gilbey.  He is a renowned international lighting designer, and a gentleman who continually inspires through his writings on social media.  David is a valued supporter of the BHA School of Lighting. He and his wife Angela are from the United Kingdom but now reside in Italy.  The webinar will be presented on 21 July 2022.  This is without doubt and event that is not to be missed.

I wish you all an improving and a very good business month and trust that projects will continue to roll in for all of you.

With best wishes

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

  • Charne-Lee Ginning, Sydney, Australia – 2 June
  • Mia Koster, Windhoek, Namibia – 6 June
  • Pieter Venter, Johannesburg, 9 June
  • John-Eric Hall, Brakpan – 29 June

Join me to welcome the following new students!

  • Petrus Cilliers, Magnitech, Johannesburg – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
  • Khulani Sithole, Energy LED, Johannesburg – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
  • Annelie Dankworth QDP Lighting & Electrical Design, Cape Town – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
  • Rinkesh Kumar, Mumbai, India – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course

The following students are preparing to write their first year final theory and practical examinations before starting second year studies.  We wish you success!

  • Leshmook Maharaj, Durban – as you prepare for the first year practical examination
  • Ruben Triegaardt, Cape Town – as you prepare for the first year examinations
  • Thibault Fay, Johannesburg – as you prepare for the first year examinations

Congratulations to BHA School of Lighting Students

Shaun Bergh for your completion of First Year and enjoy learning about the latest technologies during Second Year!

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Upcoming Events from BHA School of Lighting


Cost: Free of Charge

Date: 23 June 2022

Time: 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm (SAST)

Presenter: Phil Hammond

About: During this webinar we will be taking an in depth look at the complexities of sport field lighting.

  • Definitions
  • Principles of floodlighting for sport field lighting
  • Variety of sports
  • International standards applicable to the different sporting codes
  • Demands placed on lighting designers in the sport field lighting environment
  • A closer look at some of the sporting codes: a.  Rugby b.  Cricket c.  Football d.  Tennis e.  Athletics

Events from the Institution of Lighting Professionals (The ILP) UK

NOTE:  ALL ILP STUDENT MEMBERS (BHA School of Lighting Students) free to register for Hi Lights and see below for other events.


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