What is B-K University?
B-K University is a jointly produced educational program which is held biannually at B-K Lighting in Madera, California. The program is hosted by a total of five companies that include B-K Lighting, TEKA Illumination, Star Finishes, Blue Dolphin Design & Engineering and Etendue Cafe.
At A Glance
B-K University is more than just a set of factory tours - it is the lighting industry's most innovative and exciting educational program available, with a purpose to educate the lighting profession in the design, construction and application of outdoor architectural and landscape lighting products.
This unique educational experience brings lighting industry professionals into the daily routine of the lighting manufacturer through the lens of a single luminaire. Participants actually manufacture a lighting fixture from its inception through the design, testing processes, manufacturing, powder coating, assembly, shipping and ultimately, upon completion of the course, its use.
The program revolves around the mainstay product of B-K Lighting: the Nite Star™. The NS was chosen as a teaching tool because of its modular components, high efficacy solid state technology and compact profile. These characteristics are shared among many products B-K Lighting produces, providing the perfect generalized fixture in which to teach students. Students are immersed into "a day in the life of a Nite Star™."
Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,600 lighting professionals including architects, contractors, electrical engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, lighting designers, sales representatives and specifiers have graduated from this one-of-a-kind program and earned the "BKU Alumnus" title.