Training Programs

Lighting Controls Training Programs

Unfamiliarity with how to design, install, and commission networked lighting controls is a key barrier that prevents widespread adoption and increases the cost of the technology. To address this barrier, the DLC has developed training programs for the design and installation of networked lighting controls. The training programs are delivered to trade allies, specifiers, contractors, and building managers through local utilities or energy efficiency program administrators. If you have any questions or would like to offer a training please contact training@designlights.org.

In-Person DLC Advanced Lighting Control Systems (ALCS) Training Program

About the Instructor:

Steve Mesh has 39 years of experience designing lighting for a variety of projects both domestically and internationally. He is a member and former Regional Vice President/Northeast of the IES and has served on the Energy Management Committee for ASHRAE 90.1. Steve was part of the development team for the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP). He has taught lighting and controls for the past 35 years and has been a Contributing Editor of Building Operating Management magazine.

Throughout the course, students will learn about:

  • Trends in the networked lighting controls market
  • New game changing technologies and methodologies
  • System characteristics and wiring requirements
  • Criteria for selecting appropriate control systems for any customer project
  • Setting up and commissioning a wireless system (with real hands-on experience!)


(Students setting up and commissioning a wireless system, Michigan 2018)

    By the end of the class most students realize that networked lighting controls are pretty easy to install, commission and operate, and participants feel more confident explaining features and benefits of ALCS for their customers’ specific needs.

    Don't take our word for it. Hear what past participants had to say!

    What was the most helpful takeaway for you today?

    • "Learning about wiring! Never really understood it before this."
    • "Extra attention to all the details of a lighting job that need to be hashed out to reap the most benefit of controls."
    • "Hands on learning of advanced lighting systems."

    How do you anticipate using what you learned today?

    • "It will help me to better answer my customer’s questions when I try to influence them to take their lighting projects to the next level instead of simply swapping HID/florescent lamps for LED."
    • "I know enough to speak with customers and feel that I can educate them in the basics of controls."
    • "Allowing me to be informed about the current advanced lighting technologies and to be able to present this information to customers so they can make better informed decisions."


    Online Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) Training Course

    To make the Advanced Lighting Control Systems (ALCS) Training Program accessible to more participants we've adapted the in-person course to an online format.

    The online course is self-guided, which allows students to learn at their own pace:

    • Starting with an overview of the diverse types of lighting controls, students will learn how to compare the traditional lighting control architectures with the innovative approaches that NLCs use.
    • Modules include comparisons of system complexity and wiring requirements and potential customer questions on cybersecurity and emergency lighting considerations.
    • After thinking through these differences, students will learn how to use the DLC's Qualified Product List (QPL) to filter and compare the dozens of NLC systems currently listed.
    • Finally, students will test their learning with real-world design workshops, choosing how to design and install NLCs that meet four different buildings' needs.

    By the end of the online course, participants will be better equipped to explain to their customers and peers the features and benefits that NLCs offer and how to configure them to maximize the benefit for any situation.


    Training Resources from our Partners

    Lighting Controls Association Trainings


     

    The Lighting Controls Association offers a series of free online courses on lighting controls technology, application, and commissioning.

     
     

    National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program


     

    The National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (NALCTP) is a week long, in-depth training course for electrical contractors on advanced lighting control technology currently offered in California, Illinois, Washington, and parts of Canada.