Residing at the Association’s website, Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting controls and controllable ballast technology, application, system design and commissioning, as well as meta-issues such as energy codes, daylighting and other trends.
In recent years, LED technology has transcended its traditional stronghold—saturated colors in indicators, exit signs and so-called architainment applications, representing most LED products sold today—and began offering viable white light options in niche architectural applications such as lighting for outdoor and small, confined indoor spaces. As the technology continues its steady advance, applications have begun to expand into a broad range of mainstream commercial lighting applications.
Just as with conventional lighting systems, a critical consideration in applying LEDs in building environments is control. LED controls be used to create a virtually infinite array of color output, or modulate the warmth or coolness of white light LED sources. They can allow dimming of LED light sources to occupant preference. And they can automatically shut off or dim lighting in response to control signals from inputs such as photosensors, scheduling devices, PCs and others.
EE300: Lighting Control of LEDs, broken into three learning modules with an extensive appendix detailing various typical applications, describes the fundamentals of how LEDs work and are controlled (part 1), control of color LEDs (part 2) and control of white LEDs (part 3). The goal of the course is to provide a working understanding of LEDs and methods for integrating them into modern lighting system design.
At the conclusion of each of these three learning modules, an optional online comprehension test is available, with automatic grading; a passing grade enables the student to claim education credit. EE300: Lighting Control of LEDs is registered with the National Council on Quality in the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), which recognizes a total of 6.6 LEUs towards maintenance of Lighting Certified (LC) certification.