Lighting Workshop

To understand the basic principles of lighting design. Developing a lighting scheme into a detailed lighting plan.

Course Description

With energy efficiency being a major part of any design, we have introduced an energy effect light box in our lighting studio. The Light box illustrates the effects of fluorescent, cold cathode and LED light sources, and demonstrates different colour temperatures, their light output and how to control them. With easy to view fittings, the light box clearly shows the size of each light source, its control gear or driver and how it is mounted.

This is now particularly important because compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations has become increasingly stringent. Part L requires that energy efficient lighting be used in both domestic (Part L1) and non-domestic (Part L2) buildings. The regulations currently apply to all new buildings and refurbishments. The light box is therefore a useful tool to enable students to see the radical advances in lighting technology.

KLC is the first private design school in the UK to have such a facility for this exciting subject.

Day 1: Lighting Principles
Dealing with the basic principles of lighting, the day will encourage the individual to think about lighting at the outset of a project rather than as an addition to a scheme.
There will be studio demonstrations where the different effects can be seen working and an exciting, inspirational lecture will be given showing the different ways the professional lighting designer achieves these effects.

In addition, a practical studio session will cover the principle types of lamps, fittings and controls available to the designer.

  • Psychology Of Light
  • Basic Principles of Lighting Design
  • Overview of Lamps (including Colour Temperature and Rendition, Beam Widths and Lamp Life)
  • Control Your Environment (including Total Home Integration) 

Day 2: Lighting Schemes & Plans
This day will examine how to put together a lighting plan, enabling the designer to specify the exact position of each chosen fitting to create the desired effect. The day will include an exercise to design a lighting scheme for a specific space.

  • How to develop a lighting scheme
  • What fittings to use
  • Where to place the fittings
  • Building up the circuits and layering of light
  • Lighting specification and circuit schedule
  • Examining specific areas of the house
  • Group projects include developing a lighting scheme for a client’s kitchen & bathroom and studying the end result with the lighting designer involved
  • A general overview of several projects including gardens highlighting all the main points of the two lighting days

NOTE: This course is only suitable for those with some understanding of design principles, but without detailed knowledge of lighting

Course Tutor Information

Rebecca Weir is Creative Director and Founder of Light IQ. Rebecca’s passion for lighting and her ability to harness and maximise the creative potential of light, to explore and push the boundaries of illumination has led to the successful completion of over 1,200 award-winning residential and commercial projects worldwide.

Rebecca recent book; ‘The Languages Of Light’’ is stated by The Vice President of The Institute Of Lighting Professionals as ‘An intelligent and beautiful exploration of the transformative power of light’.  Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House and Garden says ‘’This book will become your best friend when it comes to making the space sing and resonate with the music of light’’.

Her wide-ranging experience and qualifications enable Rebecca to present lectures at ‘KLC School of Design’, design shows such as: ‘Focus’ and ‘Decorex’ as well as a variety of ‘BIID’ accredited CPD seminars to Architect and Interior Design Practices.  In the past Rebecca has been a columnist for ‘House and Garden’ magazine, whilst written articles have also been included in numerous books, industry journals and magazines, such as ‘The Times’, ‘Homes & Gardens’, ‘County Life’ and ‘Bridge for Design’, to name but a few. 


All materials for this course are included in the course fee including refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided on the first day of the course.

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Details for Booking

DateDay of weekTimeDurationCostLocationAction
Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00 - 16.00 2 days £370 Chelsea Harbour - SW10 0XF