This guide shows how the concepts used in lighting design arise from the needs of the designer and the user. These concepts are shown in a practical context to enable you to develop and improve your design skills.
Through examples and exercises, this book makes it easier for the student to acquire the level of understanding, knowledge and skill required for both examinations and professional training purposes.
Over the past two decades there has been an increasing emphasis on the need for architects and building professionals to have a better understanding of lighting and the ability to deal with lighting matters within the context of the built environment. Lighting is no longer considered to be primarily the province of the electrical engineer. Previously a separate subject in the professional examinations, lighting is often now found in a more general area within an architecture or building course.
Interior Lighting: Living in the luminous field; How much light is needed?; How lighting levels are set; Ensuring visual comfort; The importance of illuminance variation and the role played by shadows; Colour in lighting; The lit appearance of the room and the occupants; Calculations in lighting design; The Lumen Method, a common way of lighting a general working area; The significance of mounting height in an interior lighting installation; Energy management; Electric lighting: Light sources and luminaries; Lighting for offices; Lighting for workshops and industrial premises; Lighting for educational buildings and sports halls; Lighting for shops and stalls; Lighting for public buildings and atria; Domestic lighting; The importance of daylighting; Calculations for daylighting. Exterior Lighting: Outdoor sports lighting; Displaying a building after dark; Amenity lighting; Street Lighting; Main road lighting. Conclusion. Appendices.