The Basics: Glossary, Types, Colour
Light Sources: Bulb Guide, CFL, Halogen, Light Pipes
Fixtures: Overview, Safe Torchieres, Solar, Energy Star
Controls: Descriptions, Occupancy Sensors, Power Smart
Design: Basic Strategies, Balanced Lighting, Efficiency
Products: Manufacturer, Hard-To-Find Bulb, Troubleshoot
More Resources: BC Professionals, Association, Website
1. The Basics: Glossary,
Glossary Of Lighting Terms
Absorption is not just the way to measure the effectiveness of a diaper. Check out this glossary from Architectural
Lighting to find out about the words and terms used in the lighting industry.
Types Of Lighting: Ambient, Task & Accent
This American Lighting Association guide explains the three basic types of lighting. Ambient, task and accent systems
each serve a different purpose in overall lighting solutions.
Understanding Light & Colour
Is the quality of colour important to you in certain cases? This Lightsearch article explains the colour appearance of
different light sources, and gives you some selection tips.
Sources: Bulb Guide, CFL, Bulb Types, Light Pipes
Light Bulb Buying Guide
The Lowe’s website has a light bulb buying guide with pictures of all of the common types of light bulbs including
incandescent, fluorescent, compact fluorescent and halogen.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
More compact fluorescent lamps are now being used because they are longer lasting and energy efficient. BC Hydro has
a good overview of CFLs, including options and selection tips.
This article from American Lighting Association gives a good overview of the different types of bulbs avaiable as light
sources, including Incandescent, Tungsten-Halogen, Fluorescent and High-Intensity Discharge bulbs.
Some people are using light pipes to bring more outdoor light into specific areas. This article from Oikos explains how
light pipes work, limitations and some future developments.
3. Fixtures: Overview,
Safe Torchieres, Solar, Energy Star
Shapes & Forms Of Fixtures
This brief overview and pictures of various types of fixtures are from the ALA. It is one part of a larger online article that
covers all aspects of lighting options and design.
Safe & Efficient Torchieres
There have been some fire safety issues with certain types of halogen torchieres. This article from Oikos offers up a
solution to not only to the fire safety, but also to their efficiency.
This site on solar lighting from the U.S. Department Of Energy gives a good explanation of what solar lighting is, and
offers many good links to other information pertaining to this topic.
Energy Star Lighting Guide
If you are looking for new, innovative and attractive lighting products that meet energy efficiency standards than check
out this online guide from Efficiency Vermont and Energy Star.
Descriptions, Occupancy Sensors, Power Smart
Description Of Controls
Here is a good description of the different types of lighting controls from the Lighting Controls Association. It is just one
part of a full and great tutorial on lighting controls.
Overview Of Occupancy Sensors
The International Association for Energy Efficient Lighting has a detailed article with some drawings that explains how
infrared, ultrasonic and hybrid sensors work.
Power Smart Motion Detectors
BC Hydro Power Smart has this great section on Occupancy Sensors. It offers excellent information on the following
questions. What are the options? How to make the best choice? What's on the horizon?
5. Design: Basic
Strategies, Balanced Lighting, Efficiency
Basic Design Strategies
This Light Search guide shows how lighting professionals look at lighting design. Also they have other guides on lightning
design for various rooms - click on “More Guides” at bottom.
Designing Balanced Lighting
Written for builders and renovators, this Journal of Light Construction article suggests ways of designing different light
sources for each room. It includes pictures of examples.
Efficient Lighting Strategies
If energy efficiency is a priority here is a fact sheet from the US Renewable Energy Laboratory that give a good
overview of design and products that can save you watts and bucks.
6. Products: Manufacturer,
Hard-To-Find Bulb, Troubleshoot
Find A Manufacturer
If you are looking for a supplier of a particular product, this First Source site from Reed Construction Data has a very
good listing of lighting product manufacturers.
Have you ever tried to find a really weird light bulb? Rather than running all over town try out this topbulb site as it
claims to be THE place to find ANY light bulb.
Troubleshooting Bulbs, Fixtures & Lamps
Here is a site from Don Klipstein that is full of tips and tricks for troubleshooting light bulbs, fixtures and lamps. Some of
this info might help homeowners to fix their own problem.
7. More Resources: BC
Professionals, Association, Website
Qualified Lighting Professionals In BC
The Illuminating Engineering Society of BC has a list of its members who are Lighting Certified by NCQLP. Included are
their phone numbers and e-mail addresses for easy contact.
BC Association & Electrical Trade Shows
The BC Electrical Association is our local trade association representing the electrical and lighting industry. Their site has
info on the trade shows they offer around BC.
Lighting.com: Website For Lighting Professionals
This site features the latest in lighting technology, products and industry news. They have a newsletter, discussion
forums, archives, and links to many other resources.
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