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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
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 5 times per quarter. (15 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, Lab, Demonstrations, Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Landscape Lighting Materials Lab: Students have hands-on exposure to a variety of landscape lighting fixtures, transformers, and electrical components used in landscape lighting.
  2. Landscape Lighting Design Lab: Students design a low-voltage lighting system.
  3. Low-Voltage Installation Lab: Students practice the installation of a low-voltage lighting system.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 30 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.