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Landscape Lighting Design Principles and Installation (PLT Relicensure) -- DOLI Course #20170179
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Landscape Lighting Design Principles and Installation (PLT Relicensure) -- DOLI Course #20170179

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 AM
Where: MNLA Office
1813 Lexington Avenue N
Roseville, Minnesota  55113
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2017

Location:  MNLA Office | 1813 Lexington Avenue N | Roseville, MN  55113

Check in:  7:15am–7:30am | Program:  7:30am–4:30pm

Early Bird Registration:  Members:  $149/Non-Members:  $169 (on or before April 13)

Regular Registration:  Members:  $179/Non-Members:  $199

This class (Course Code 20170179) is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying eight hours (2 hours of code, 6 hours of technical training) of continuing education requirements for the Power Limited Technician Licensure. This class is orientated specifically towards the landscape lighting specialist.


I.  NEC Code Article 680 and Related Articles:  NEC 680, 2017.

    This section of the code relates to the landscaping industry, and information applies to:

  • Outdoor Pool Connections
  • Lighting
  • Audio
  • Outdoor Man-Made Water Installations

II.  Design Principles for Outdoor Landscape and Architectural Lighting.

     Various design elements will be covered, including:

  • Creating a Portrait
  • Choosing Fixtures and Proper Lamp
  • Levels of Brightness
  • Visual Effects
  • Design Strategy
  • Principles of Residential Lighting
  • Theme
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Use of Color
  • Designing for Safety, Security and Beauty

III.  Outdoor Landscape Lighting Installation and Technical Information. 

      Discussion will include:

  • National Electrical Code as it relates to low voltage lighting.
  • Installation advantages of low voltage vs. line voltage accent lighting.
  • Fundamentals of low voltage installation:
  • Calculating Fixture Wattage Loads
  • Identifying Site Power Locations
  • Transformer Sizing
  • Wiring 101
  • Controlling/Timing Options


Dick Johnson, PLT Services, Inc.

Dick Johnson has been in the industry most of his working life.  As an Alarm and Communications contractor since 1985, and was very active in the implementation of the Technology Systems Contractors License, as well as the Power Limited Technician License. With the experience gained teaching in the Vocational School setting, it was a natural progression to begin teaching the continuing education classes required to renew the license. With his wife Roxann, Power Limited Training Services was started.  Electrical Code, Rules, along with alarm and communications are his favorite topics.

Gerry De La Vega, Terradek Lighting, Inc.

Gerry De La Vega has been involved in the Low Voltage Lighting Industry for the last 22 years; first as a Design and Installation Contractor and now as a National Wholesale Distributor specializing in outdoor lighting products. However, he literally grew up in the Electrical Industry. His father was a Master Electrician who ran an Electrical Contracting business for many years. De La Vega is a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician (CLVLT), having received that designation from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP). He sits on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of the AOLP. He is also a member of the Underwriters Laboratory (U.L.) Standards Technical Panel for UL 1838 and UL 2108; the low voltage UL standards. De La Vega is currently the AOLP nominee to the N.E.C. Code Committee for Article 411 which is the Low Voltage Regulatory Committee. Gerry De La Vega has a BA from Boston University and a MBA from Harvard University.

Drew Tedford, FX Luminaire

Drew W. Tedford has a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas (’97).  With over 15 years of experience in the landscape industry, he has developed a passion for accent lighting and how to implement the design and engineering of low voltage lighting into every landscape project.  Since 2007, he has hosted hundreds of educational workshops on low-voltage lighting throughout the US, covering topics that include material selection, energy use analysis, installation techniques and much more

Morning coffee and lunch are included.

Parking is free.

Registration Refund Policy:  For all MNLA education events, we will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days prior to the event.  If cancellation is received in the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given.  No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.




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