Course in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design Online

Course in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design Online


Training course

In recent years, the figure of the Lighting Designer has become of paramount importance for any design or non-design project: the experience and expertise of the Lighting Designer is used not only in the field of lighting design, but also in the service of communication.

The objective of IDI's postgraduate course in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design is to acquire the industry skills necessary for the design of lighting for commercial and residential spaces.

Do you want to become a lighting designer?

IDI's Specialisation Course in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design is a full-immersion course that will enable you to learn advanced design techniques in the arrangement of light sources, to create a skilful interplay of light and shadow and emphasise key elements of the surrounding environment.

What you will learn

  • The language and design of light
  • Light applied to architecture
  • Theory and technology of lighting design
  • Light: photometric quantities, propagation and measurements
  • Color theory
  • Types of lighting and lighting direction
  • Lighting design and technic
  • CAD software for lighting
  • Case studies



  • The language and design of light
  • Light applied to architecture
  • Historical notes about light
  • Lighting Design outdoor

How to read a technical catalogue

Advanced lighting techniques

How to control and monitor light

Technology of directing light

Presentation of concept and project

Rendering lighting effects graphically_ visualisation

Theoretical focus:

  • Main features of the Dialux programme
  • Search Engines
  • Design possibilities (examples of realised projects)
  • Introduction screens, preferences and command panels (Programme logic)
  • Display options panel and shortcut commands

Construction of a building:

  • Importing a dwg
  • Construction of external building perimeter
  • Interior construction
  • Windows and skylights
  • Room elements (pillars, ceilings)
  • Local name
  • Roof insertion

Construction of an advanced building:

  • How to duplicate or build a new plan
  • Inserting furniture (Dialux libraries and catalogues, importing 3ds files)
  • Arrangement of elements, align commands, replace objects, text elements and dimensions
  • Construction of multiple buildings
  • External building elements (element construction, Boolean operations)
  • Construction of outdoor areas and dehors (swimming pools, fields, gardens, ramps)

Theoretical focus_ Lights:

  • Different types of luminaires and their applications in various areas of design.
  • Analysis of the main photometric characteristics of a luminaire.
  • Inserting photometries (Uld, ies, ldt)
  • Inserting photometries from manufacturer plug-ins
  • Luminaire arrangements
  • Projector aiming
  • Creating lamp group scenes and standard lighting scenes
  • Modification of luminaires and emission/spectrum data - colour filters
  • Hints of natural light

Daylight System:

  • Daylight scene generation and calculation

Calculation with daylight control system and skylight

  • Sun shadow and daylight control options
  • Facade' tool


  • Generating useful surfaces and calculation objects
  • Calculation surface generations
  • Generating task area surfaces
  • Setting calculation options
  • Results (reading and interpretation - graphs and false colours)
  • Retail Project assignment to be customised in layout.


  • Materials and textures (creating coloured materials, textures and tilts)
  • View Setting
  • Render in raytrace | HDR
  • Saving views and options
  • Raytrace render settings
  • Post-production rendering in Photoshop for better realism and correction of visualisation errors.

Template export options (generation and selection)

Project data entry

Result displays (false colours - calculation surfaces)

PDF export

DWG export

Case studies

Team working

CAD software for lighting

Job opportunities

The Specialisation Course is aimed at architects, engineers, designers and planners. The Lighting Designer specialising in commercial and residential spaces can work as a freelancer, with architecture and design studios or collaborate with lighting shops.

Phases of the route

Preparatory lessons: Texts + online platform
Classroom phase: 40 hours
Project work: 45 days to develop a commercial and/or residential lighting design project following the outline given by the lecturer.


Possibility of financing the enrolment fee Video CV editing and updating for dissemination to companies in the sector at the end of the training course in the candidate's region of preference.

How to apply

Fill out the information request form and we will contact you within a few days. In the selection of candidates the scholastic CV, work experience and motivational letter will be considered. It is possible and advisable to send a portfolio of previous works. The examining commission, considering these elements, will communicate the result of the selection and the admission to the Course.

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Sviluppo Europa s.r.l.
Via Albricci, 9 - 20122 Milan
P.I. 10282190965
unique code: M5UXCR1
[email protected]

Province Register Office. chamber of commerce Milan Monza Brianza Lodi
Fiscal Code is the VAT number
REA number MI-2519496
Share Capital 10,000

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