H2-Oh-NO! - Lighting Water Through Trial and Error

About this Course

The IES offers Educational Webinars throughout the year, purposefully spanning a broad range of topics and speaker expertise. H2-Oh-NO! - Lighting Water Through Trial and Error was a live webinar, now available as an archived webinar and CEU course.

Description: The task of lighting water brings a host of unexpected challenges, outcomes, and shortfalls. Alan and Paul will walk you through their biggest successes stories and greatest challenges as they have tried to throw light through, under and across water. They have collaborated on projects like the Ripleys Aquarium in Toronto and Gatlinburg as well as the monumental challenge of lighting Niagara Falls. These projects, as well as a handful more, have made them experts at the unexpected consequences resulting from mixing light waves with water molecules, these two are sure to entertain.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course learners will be able to...

1. Develop a familiarity with the challenges of illuminating water. 
2. Discover how water impacts the transmission, refraction, and reflection of color and light. 
3. Explore the importance of mock-ups and methods of identifying successes revealed in the process. 
4. Explore the impact of environmental factors on luminaire selection. 


H2-Oh-NO! - Lighting Water Through Trial and Error
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This video is required for course completion.
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass This quiz is required for course completion.
3 Questions
3 Questions This survey is required for course completion.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available

Alan McIntosh

Lighting Designer

Alan McIntosh, Senior Lighting Designers BA, IALD, MIES is a senior lighting designer at Mulvey & Banani Lighting Inc., (MBL) in Toronto. Alan’s career sprung from his studies in theatre and film that encompassed a variety of technical aspects, including theatrical/ performance lighting, audio visual systems design, and multi-media design, direction, and operation. Alan has drawn from his multi-faceted background to make ground-breaking design contributions to some renowned, award-winning attractions: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto; Moi Park, Mall of Istanbul, Turkey; Mega Parc, Quebec City; Prince Edward Viaduct- Luminous Veil, Toronto; Lusail Tower, Doha Qatar and Niagara Falls Illumination, Ontario/ New York.

Paul Boken

Lighting Designer

Paul Boken BFA, MIES, holds a fine arts degree in theatre production, with a major in lighting design, and a postgraduate certificate in architectural lighting design from Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. After starting his career with 6 years in theatrical lighting design, Paul is now in his fourteenth year of practice in architectural lighting design as the Vice President of the Architectural lighting design firm Mulvey & Banani Lighting in Toronto, ON, Canada. Paul has won numerous awards for lighting design on projects locally and internationally, most recently he was shortlisted for an international lighting award for his work on the Prince Edward Viaduct Bridge in Toronto and received North Americas highest exterior lighting award for his work relighting Niagara Falls. Paul’s theatre lighting background has acted as a path into his growing specialty in lighting for attractions, bridges, cultural monuments and theme parks in North America, China, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Paul is continuously involved with lighting education by sharing his knowledge and approach to design in hopes to inspire industry professionals and students in an effort to contribute to and advance the Lighting Design Profession.