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Laboratories Best Practices: Efficient Electrical Lighting

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This one hour online course highlights and summarizes best practice strategies for high performance, energy efficient lighting in laboratories.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for electrical engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to better understand efficient electrical lighting applications in laboratories.

Course Introduction

Lighting in laboratories impacts worker comfort, health and performance, and energy efficiency. Electrical lighting must always be designed as a supplement to effective daylighting. Some of the key best-practice strategies for electrical lighting include the use of direct-indirect luminaires for ambient lighting, the use of under-cabinet and/or articulated-arm task lights, and daylighting and occupancy-based controls that are properly commissioned.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on Laboratories For The 21st Century:  Best Practices Guide – Efficient Electrical Lighting In Laboratories, DOE/GO-102005-August 2006:

Laboratories Best Practices: Efficient Electrical Lighting

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Course Summary

An integrated team-based approach requires involvement by all stakeholders from the very beginning of the conceptual and schematic stages. This is especially true because of the increasing complexity of most building systems, and the demand for better integration of sustainable construction techniques. This course discusses how electrical lighting decisions impact a total integrated design of a laboratory facility.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.