Automotive Lighting: Design and Technology C0202

Topics: Advanced Technologies

 Automotive lighting is critical to passenger safety, comfort, and vehicle styling. The technology used in automotive lighting has rapidly expanded to make the lighting safer and more pleasing to customers. This course provides broad information about automotive lighting systems with emphasis on lighting functions, effectiveness, and technologies. The intent is to assist participants in gaining sufficient knowledge about automotive lighting and its importance in overall vehicle design and development. Since only the exterior lighting devices on the ground vehicles are regulated by the federal and local governments, and standardized by the SAE Lighting Committee and the international communities, this course will only address automotive exterior lighting.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this course, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate of achievement and the $5 participant CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe various automotive lighting technologies
  • Articulate the legal aspects and implications related to automotive lighting
  • Examine safety measurements used with lighting functions and human factors costs
  • Discuss the latest advancements in lighting technologies and trends in lighting styling

Who Should Attend

This course is of benefit to a wide audience, including: Automotive body engineers responsible for lighting and vehicle interface and integration, vehicle stylists who are interested in lighting effects on vehicle cosmetics, regulatory personnel involved with the legal specifications of automotive lighting, marketing specialists who are interested in customers' preferences based on the relationship of human vision and lighting, and newcomers in the automotive industry who need to obtain a general overview of lighting.


Participants should have an undergraduate engineering or related degree.


"This course is a must for newcomers to automotive lighting or for designers and engineers coming from non-optics background."
Michael Piscitelli
Electronics Systems Engineer
Sapphire Technical Solutions, LLC


"An excellent overview that encompasses the latest technologies as well as the fundamentals necessary to understand them."

James Wilson
Global Technology Manager
GE Advanced Materials


"This seminar was a very good overview of automotive lighting."
Darrin Roberts
Honda R&D Americas


"This is a valuable program for any one who is interested in the automotive lighting industry be it OEM, Tier 1 Supplier or Equipment Supplier."
Jeff Mateer
Sales Engineer
Leybold Optics


"Very good course for many levels involved in automotive lighting."
Craig Landcastle
Product Engineering Manager
Osram Sylvania Products


"Excellent general overview of lighting systems and fundamental component design and theory."
Gary L. Durian
Project Engineer
J.W. Speaker Corporation


"Very interesting for engineers involved in headlamp development to better know where challenges are."
Christophe Lemarechal
Product Expert
Prevost Car, Inc.


"The contents of this course will enable me to understand the principals of lamp design and performance."
Kevin Davis
Director of Quality
Sea Link International


"An excellent course for anyone new to automobile lighting design."
Micheal D. Dolson
Senior Mechanical Designer
Autosystems Mfg., Inc.


You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Jianzhong Jiao

Jianzhong JiaoDr. Jianzhong Jiao is an internationally recognized expert for LEDs and lighting technology development, products design, testing, standards, and regulations. He is an independent consultant in the areas of LEDs and lighting technology, product, and business strategies, standards, regulations and compliances, civil and intellectual property litigations, and technology investments. He is the past Chair of the SAE Lighting Committee, past Chair of NGLIA, past Chair of NEMA SSL Section Technical Committee, and current Chair or active member of the committees in SAE, IES, ANSI, NEMA, UL, ASABE, CIE-USA, IEEE, JEDEC, and SEMI. He is the Organizer and Chair for SAE World Congress Lighting Technology Conference, member of the Organizing Committee and Chair of SPIE SSL Symposium, member of the Technical Panel of Strategies in Light (SIL). Dr. Jiao also teaches seminars and short courses for SAE, SPIE, SIL, and Light Fair International. He also served as an adjunct professor teaching physics and electrical engineering courses at Purdue University and Lawrence Technological University. Dr. Jiao holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, a M.S. degree in Applied Physics, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is titled to 9 U.S. Patents and has over 40 technical papers and magazine articles, and given numerous invited presentations to international events. Dr. Jiao is an SAE Follow, a Senior Member of SPIE, and has received multiple industry awards.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Fees: $1299.00

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