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Fundamentals of Lighting 2021 - Classes Begin

April 06, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Virtual Meeting

Fundamentals of Lighting is an introductory course comprising ten modules, presented over eight evenings via Zoom. In a basic and straightforward style, each module provides up-to-date material on lighting concepts, systems, equipment, calculation procedures and other important design and industry issues. This course is ideal for those who have only a basic awareness of lighting and professionals who want a thorough overview of the field.


IESNYC Members $285
Students: $285
Non-Members and Guest: $325

ZOOM Meetings: Tuesday’s 6pm to 8pm (ET)

ZOOM Link will be emailed all registered attendees.

April 6: Module 1 – Overview (History, Professional Practice, Physics, Vision, Color, Light and Health)
April 13: Module 2 – Electric light sources + Auxiliary Devices
April 20: Module 4 – Luminaires
April 27: Module 3 – Daylighting & Module 5 – Controls
May 4: Module 6 – Lighting Metrics, Photometry, Calculations and Rendering, and Module 7 (Part I)– Codes and Standards
May 11: Module 8 – Lighting Design Process and Techniques, Sustainability and Commissioning, and Module 7 (Part II)– Economics
May 18: Module 9 – Lighting for Interiors
May 25: Module 10 – Lighting for Exteriors

16.0 IES Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or AIA Learning Units (LUs)

We recommend that participants purchase the IES student material for this seminar at IES Online Bookstore. A PDF is available for download.


Jeff Hoenig
Jeff joined CM KLING + ASSOCIATES in the summer of 2020. He is a designer with 15+ years of experience with a knack for sustainable design building practices utilizing new technologies. Before designing architectural lighting and spaces, Jeff began his career in theatrical lighting where the experience has greatly informed his design process. His lighting design and project management portfolio includes commercial high-rise offices, residential, hospitality, educational facilities, and other specialized spaces.
While in New York City, he worked for Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design where he managed multiple high-priority projects. He is also an educator at the New York School for Interior Design where he has taught courses in studio-based lighting design for the BFA, MFA, and MPS programs.
He has served on the Board of Managers for the NYC section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, as well as the section’s co-chair for the Education Committee. He has been involved with the Fundamentals of Lighting course for over a decade. In 2018 Jeff was featured twice in Lighting Design Magazine’s 40under40 on the international and North American list.

Caroline Abella
Caroline joined International Lights in 2017 as a part of our Outside Sales team. With formal training in both theatrical lighting and architectural lighting design, in conjunction with her education from NYU and Parsons, Caroline collaborates with lighting designers, interior designers and architects to bring projects from ideas to completion. Her willingness to help and her ability to call upon her experience has become paramount in assisting the IL network. Always looking for a good challenge, she enjoys the fact that no two projects are ever the same and new technology is constantly being introduced. Outside of the office, you can find Caroline spending time with family and friends, exploring the great outdoors and traveling to warmer places once the cold weather hits.

Matteo Seconi
The founder of Moxie Lighting, Matt is an avid triathlete and endurance junkie. He also runs a charity organization called team Ginger Strong, a team that raises money for rare cancer research at NYC's own Memorial Sloan Kettering through Cycle for Survival and other events. Matt started his lighting career in 2011 when he worked at Lightspec's Syracuse office. Lightspec was a manufacturer's representative as well and the company was started by Matt's father. Matt started his career in customer service and the philosophies he learned while working in this position have stayed with him throughout his time in lighting. Matt started Moxie Lighting on the simple principal of bringing this type of customer service to NYC. Through the use of new technology and old along with tried and true philosophies of what customer service should be, Moxie was born.

Elaine Cook
When Elaine is not at the office, she is exploring the newest exhibit at the Met, volunteering for the Membership Committee on the IES or curling up with a great sci-fi novel (she is still trying to fill the void that is the third book of the Name of the Wind series). Elaine only works to save enough for a dog and then will work to make sure that the dog has the lifestyle he/she deserves. Elaine loves to hike and scuba dive; her biggest dive achievement yet is being surrounded by five orca whales, swimming with two feeding manta rays, and then being engulfed by a pod of 40 dolphins all in one day. She immigrated to the US from Canada in 2019 after graduating from Mechatronic Systems Engineering and an HBA from Western University & Ivey School of Business. Throughout her years at school, Elaine developed a passion for manufacturing processes, which she explored and practiced over multiple internships at a Canadian architectural products manufacturer. Elaine could not be happier in New York as a member of the Moxie team and is excited to work with you on your next project!

Shaun Fillion
Shaun Fillion, LC Educator IALD, is an award-winning lighting designer and educator. Fillion is Program Director for the Masters of Professional Studies in Lighting Design program at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as well as Lighting Studio Manager at RAB Lighting.
Fillion has received Illumination awards, the IESNA Section Service Award and the Princess Grace Award. He has presented seminars at SXSW, LightFair International, LEDucation and the IES National Conference on topics including lighting and media, wireless technologies, and light pollution.
Fillion volunteers as vice-chair of the IES Progress Committee, and serves as a member of the Libraries and Residential RP Committees. Fillion serves on the board of managers for the IES New York City Chapter, and as adviser to the Student Lighting Competition Committee. He is a certified instructor for AGi32.

David del Rosario
David is a creative that views design as a service seldom noticed, yet vital to how people operate daily. He seeks methods to enhance the personal, environmental experience through the application of light. David has applied this method to a wide variety of projects including hospitality, corporate, and education.
Prior to joining the lighting profession, he practiced as an industrial designer in housewares. His experience in manufacturing allowed him to oversee product development from inception to retail while meeting project constraints. The experience has imparted him with a keen sensibility to the details and big picture that together shape the built environment.
David serves as a Lighting Design guest lecturer and critic at Parsons School of Design, New York School of Interior Design, and the Pratt Institute. He also is an active committee member of the IES New York Student Competition.

Nydia Bonilla
Nydia Bonilla is currently a North East Sales Manager for a·Light and Aculux, from Acuity Brands. She has been with a·Light since January 2018 and became part of the Acuity team during the acquisition of the later in 2019. Previously she worked for Vibia from 2013 Until the end of 2017 as North East Regional manager. Prior to working in sales she worked as a lighting designer starting in 1999. Her first job in lighting design was with the Mintz Lighting Group. She also worked at Syska Hennessy, Johnson Shwinghammer, Arc Light Design and then at Delta Lighting Solutions in Dubai starting in 2008. She obtained her LEED AP accreditation while working at Delta Lighting Solutions. Upon her return to the US in 2011 she started working on the sales side of the business as technical and specifications support with Debbas, a Middle East based distributor. With over 20 years of experience in the field of lighting she has designed lighting layouts, specified lighting products and gotten to know the business of lighting from almost all angles.

Golsana Heshmati
Golsana is a designer with a diverse professional background that includes experience as an architect, lighting designer and an educator. She holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Eastern Mediterranean University (Republic of Cyprus) and a Master’s Degree in Architectural Lighting from Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
Prior to founding Studio of Embodied Experience Design, Golsana has worked as an Associate and team leader at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, an Associate at Callison Architects in NYC, and a Designer at AGF in San Francisco and two prestigious design firms in Barcelona, Spain. Currently, Golsana is a professor and faculty member at New York School of Interior Design Graduate program. She was selected as one of 40 under 40 top lighting design talents in 2017 and was also a recipient of design retail honor awards.
Golsana currently serves as a member of illumination engineer society education committee and as a Jury member for international association of lighting designer’s awards program.

Sirun Maloney
Lighting Designer at Celano Design Studio, Inc., New York since 2019.
Master of Professional Studies Degree from the New York School of Interior Design.
MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
More than three years of working experience in Lighting & Lighting Design
Internships at New York Academy of Art and Johannes Vogt Gallery NYC.
Over 5 years of working experience in Urban Design/Landscape Architecture.
Sirun’s goal in Lighting Design is to develop designs with people in mind, and use lighting to create a kind of space where people come together.

Phil Cialdella
Phil has been part of the NYC lighting community for 20 years. For the past 16 years, he has been with Louis Poulsen Lighting, now Targetti Poulsen, as VP of Sales and Member of the Senior Management Team. Phil has played a significant role in the US Market Development and worked on numerous standard and custom lighting solutions. He has a Business degree and an MFA in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design and has taught at Parsons. Phil is a past President of the NYIES and Board Member of the IALD Education Trust.