4 ECTS credits
110 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4023333ENR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen
Applied Physics and Photonics
Educational team
Lien Smeesters (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
22 contact hours Lecture
14 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
20 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content
  • Radiometry, photometry and colorimetry
  • Lamp technology: optical and electrical characteristics
  • Reflection and transmission of materials
  • Near-field goniophotometry and (spectral) ray files
  • Lighting measurement systems: photometers, spectrometers, integrating spheres, luminance camera’s, near-field and far-field goniophotometers, BSDF measurements.
  • Optical techniques in lighting design
  • Lighting applications in various domains
  • Simulation software for optical design (Zemax OpticsStudio)
  • Simulation software for lighting simulations (Dialux Evo).


HOC (22h)

  • Lectures including 2 lectures introducing the simulation software

WPO (14h)

  • Exercise sessions (2h)
  • Laboratory sessions (6h)
  • Simulation sessions (6h)

ZELF (20 hours)

  • Independent work (project exercise, simulations) (16h)

Excursion (4h)

Additional info


  • Syllabus, Lighting, Valéry Ann Jacobs
  • Reader containing papers
  • Slides, Lighting
Learning Outcomes

General Learning Outcomes

  1. The students can define and describe the radiometric, photometric and colorimetric quantities, they can exemplify them and they can list their most prominent characteristics. They make correct use of the quantities and their units. They can reproduce the definition of the basic quantities and the basic concepts.
  2. The students can apply the basic concepts of (1) to exercises and they can solve lighting problems.
  3. The students can describe and summarize the different lamp technologies and compare their optical and electrical properties. They can select an appropriate lamp technology for a light source and lighting installation.
  4. The students can describe and summarize the different light measurement techniques. They can select the appropriate measurement technique and operate the corresponding measurement device. They can report their findings in a written report.
  5. The students can simulate and evaluate optical illumination systems using ZEMAX OpticsStudio. They can motivate the choice of light source and secondary optics, including the optimization procedure of the latter one.
  6. The students can independently look for norms and standards for lighting applications They understand the terminology in these documents, they can assess them in simulation software Dialux Evo and they can apply them to a given visual environment. This will allow them to assess the quality of the lighting installation and to report on it, either written or verbally.
  7. The students can design a virtual model of an existing or new visual environment and use the software Dialux Evo to design a lighting installation. They can evaluate and improve the lighting design using performance indicators, taking visual comfort, visual prestation and energy consumption into account. They can defend their design to peers in a debate and answer critical questions.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 40% of the final mark.
Practical Exam determines 60% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written ex with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

    Note: written exam incl. exercises: open book exam: the documents and slides used in class can be consulted.

Within the Practical Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Project with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 15% of the final mark.

    Note: report
  • Laboratory with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 15% of the final mark.

    Note: report
  • Optical Design with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 15% of the final mark.

    Note: report
  • Lighting Design with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 15% of the final mark.

    Note: presentation; presentation by the student in presence of all other students during the semester

Additional info regarding evaluation

Written, open book examination: 40%

  • Lighting exercises (problem solving)

15% of the mark is determined by a seminar given by the student in presence of the entire class on their lighting design.

It is compulsory to follow all WPO sessions.  In case of legally motivated absence, the student needs to personally inform the course responsible as soon as possible.

For organizational reasons, the student cannot redo the laboratory sessions in the second exam term.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Photonics Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject