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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • demonstrate practical knowledge of lighting and electrical equipment.
  • compare and contrast different lighting systems.
Description -
Basic theory, design, and installation techniques for lighting residential landscapes. The effective use of conventional and low-voltage lighting for improving landscape aesthetics and the functional use of outdoor spaces.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit a basic understanding of lighting theory aesthetics and function.
  2. demonstrate practical knowledge of lighting and electrical equipment.
  3. compare and contrast different lighting systems.
  4. describe methods for long-term maintenance of landscape lighting.
  5. discuss use of lighting in culturally diverse settings.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, construction field lab, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Landscape lighting
    1. Theory (aesthetics and function)
    2. Design (lighting soft and hard-scape features)
    3. Installation
    4. Lighting for culturally diverse settings.
  2. Lighting equipment and materials
    1. sources
    2. low voltage vs. 110/120 systems
  3. Safety issues
  4. Methods and techniques for installing and maintaining lighting systems
  5. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topics)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Lighting skills project
  2. Documented active participation which furthers understanding of photographic theory, process, and applied skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Raine, John. Garden Lighting. Sussex, England: Hamlyn Pub., 2005.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Demonstrations, Discussions
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include reading approximately 30 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).