Bulbrite  recently took its commitment to education to the next level by launching a new online lighting resource called Lightopedia . The website was unveiled May 18 at Lightfair Intl.  in a presentation complete with a Thomas Edison impersonator.
Bulbrite President Cathy Choi says the new site features much of the content from the Bulbrite education site as well as new information with the goal of creating “the ultimate resource in lighting education.”
“We had a pretty robust education center on Bulbrite.com, but in this day and age, people are clamoring for more information, particularly about the new legislation,” Choi says. “Part of the challenge is there is a lot of information but it’s all over the place, so we’re trying to make one central location where all things lighting are at someone’s fingertips.”
The biggest addition to the Lightopedia site is a series of six training modules that allow people to become certified bulb specialists. Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and they feature animation and other interactive elements, as well as a quiz at the end.
“The reaction has been really good so far, and our customers are really excited about it,” Choi says. “It’s a much better alternative to reading flat material, and it’s something people can do on their own time instead of waiting for the next Dallas Market to attend one of our seminars.”
Registration for all six training modules is $149. Users can also earn continuing education units (CEUs) from the American Lighting Association  (ALA) for each module, and Choi is currently working with the American Institute of Architects  (AIA) and the Illuminating Engineering Society  (IES) to work out a similar agreement.
Choi says this is just phase one for the new website and that eventually she’d like to see Lightopedia include other topics like ceiling fans, recessed lighting, dimmers and lighting controls in order to become a more comprehensive educational resource.