Approx. 70 EUR / 74 USD
What is the course about?
You’re a maker in your favoured medium – ceramics, wood, metal, glass or whatever and you want to make electric lamps.
This course will tell you everything you need to know beyond using your existing skills in making the lamp base – design considerations; bulbs, bulb holders and lampshades; wiring; testing; and all the standards and regulations that you need to conform to (covering UK and EU requirements).
Note that although I am a potter, the course is not centered round the use of ceramics (or any other material) in making your lamp base.
What are the Dates?
Wednesday 28th September – 12th October 2022
Three weekly sessions, every Wednesday
19:00 – 20:30 UK time / 20:00 – 21:30 CET / 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. EDT
Also recorded and put onto the course web page so you can view them at other times
An additional discussion session will be set up at a time when most students can attend, even if not able to attend the live sessions – this will be scheduled at the start of the course.
What will we cover?
Lamp proportions and design considerations; basics of lighting; bulbs and bulb holders, switches and lampshades; electrical considerations and wiring up your lamp; testing your lamp; standards and regulations (for the EU and UK)
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to…
- Be familiar with the design proportions and considerations for different types of lamp, e.g. bedside, desktop, floor standing, wall or ceiling
- Be familiar with the various options for light bulbs, bulb holders and switches
- Understand the pros and cons of making a lamp that runs directly off the mains, or that uses a transformer
- Be able to select the necessary components, and wire up, a lamp
- Know how to test your lamps, what instrumentation is needed, and how manufacturing tests differ from PAT testing
- Understand the standards and requirements and how they affect the design of your lamp
- Be able to produce the necessary documentation to accompany your lamp, and know how to make it eligible to use the required CE / UKCA mark
- Understand the principles behind WEEE, and the requirements this imposes on the maker and the retailer
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Intermediate. You should have the skills to make the lamp base in your preferred material, as that is not covered in the course though obviously necessary to make a lamp.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is primarily run through the weekly online sessions, which are a live lecture where you can also ask questions or get a discussion going. These are recorded and put on the course web page for those who cannot make the course times due to time zones or other commitments, or for those who want to replay them.
Additional material that you may wish to explore is on the course website. This will help you go deeper into the subject matter, should you wish to do so.
There will also be a discussion period towards the end of the course, where we can discuss any of the course material or any more general questions you may have. It will be be set up outside of the regular session times, scheduled at the start of the course so that as many people as possible who who wishe to has the opportunity to participate.
In addition, the course has an online forum that you can use at any time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs, and nothing else to bring.
What do I get?
- Three live sessions with questions and discussions, lasting about 90 minutes each week
- Recordings of all sessions for later viewing
- Additional optional online course material, giving background info and greater depth
- A discussion session where you can ask anything related to the course or related matters – the date and time will be scheduled so most students can participate, including those unable to attend the live sessions
- Dedicated online forum for discussion by all students on the course
- Downloadable PDFs of all presentations
- Premium level access to the Tech part of my web site, containing much more information, references etc.
- A lamp checklist document, to ensure that you comply with all of the relevant standards and regulatory requirements
- Course completion certificate
Note that the forum, lecture recordings and premium level site access are included at no cost until 4 weeks after the end of the course. After that, continued access is available for the cost of buying me a coffee every month (US$3 a month).
Feedback from students
This is a new course, but here is some feedback I’ve received from my other online courses:
I found the course both informative and enjoyable. Tim has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a natural ability to present a technical subject in a way that makes it accessible to non-specialist. Recommended!
I am happy to recommend Tim’s online webinar on Product Safety as a great way to improve the quality of your pots. He covers all the aspects of making from design to clay bodies, glaze materials and firing schedules. Coming from an engineering and design background his approach is quite different to that of the average art college. Whether or not you have a scientific background, testing and experimenting will become a natural part of your designing and making. Ideal for potters producing functional pots ranging from domestic ware to garden pots, who aim to improve their product.
St Albans, UK
Great couse, I’ve learned a lot thanks to Tim. His course is technical, complete and simple. I do recommend it.
Thank you Tim for your course. Good structure of each lesson, well prepared, I like the way you explain. You did a huge work. You give all your knowledge on the subject but without unusefull controversy. I recommend if someones want to have a large point of vue on product safety. Sorry for my approximative english.