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Residential Lighting Control


Online Course Length: 8 hours | Course Price: $149
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Identify fixtures, lamp types, wiring, programming, and control options

““Go Green” with popular lighting control. Gain a solid foundation from lighting fixtures and lamp types, to switching, dimming and control. Explore communication control options, design steps, installation procedures and programming. This course covers both wired and wireless lighting control technologies and systems.


Students should have a basic understanding of electrical principles to get maximum benefit from this course.
Note: This course is not designed to prepare a student to work as an electrician or to work with high voltages — always work with a licensed electrician when dealing with high voltages.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain technology principles and benefits of lighting control
  • Identify methods of switching, dimming, and control
  • Name different lighting, fixture, and lamp types
  • Follow steps to design and install a lighting control system
  • Identify commonly used options for programmed control
  • Explain how to program a lighting control system
  • Use lighting control troubleshooting techniques

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • System Requirements
  • Navigating the Course
  • Course Learning Objectives

2. Principles of Lighting Control

  • Identify common lighting control components
  • Define lighting control features
  • List different methods of control

3. Benefits of Lighting Control

  • Convenience
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Ambiance
  • Aesthetics
  • Energy Savings
  • Increased Lamp Life

4. Safety and Tools

  • Common job site hazards
  • Electrical Safety Guidelines
  • Code and License requirements
  • Proper tools for each phase of installation

5. Electrical Wiring, Switching, and Dimming

  • Describe residential wiring basics
  • Recognize switch and dimmer types
  • Identify three and four-way switching methods
  • List the steps required for retrofit installation of control switches
  • Explain dimming technologies

6. Lighting Fixture and Lamp Types

  • Describe how lighting influences atmosphere of a space
  • List the different types of lighting
  • Identify basic lighting fixtures
  • Name common lamp types

7. Lighting Control Devices

  • Explain the three different types of lighting control systems
  • Describe the different local and remote lighting load control devices
  • List the different lighting control user interface devices
  • Describe common external inputs to activate lighting control

8. Lighting Control Communication

  • List lighting control communications types
  • Describe wired lighting control technologies
  • Describe wireless lighting control technologies
  • Describe power line carrier lighting control technologies
  • Explain the benefits and disadvantages of each technologies

9. Designing a Lighting Control System

  • List the steps to design a lighting control system
  • Describe how to select the system type for a project
  • Identify load types and calculate the total load wattage
  • Explain the requirements for de-rating dimmer capacity
  • Outline system programming requirements
  • List common documentation methods

10. Installing a Lighting Control System

  • List the steps to install a lighting control system
  • Describe how to install lighting fixtures
  • Describe how to install lighting control components
  • Explain the method for powering up a lighting control system
  • Outline baseline programming requirements
  • Identify testing procedures

11. Programming a Lighting Control System

  • List the methods for programming a lighting control system
  • List the steps for programming a lighting control system
  • Describe scene programming
  • Describe event programming
  • Describe conditional programming

12. Troubleshooting a Lighting Control System

  • Describe how to troubleshoot a lighting control system
  • List the typical electrical problems that can affect a lighting control system
  • List the typical communication problems that can affect a lighting control system
  • List the typical programming problems that can affect a lighting control system

13. Course Summary