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The Right Light

Matching Technologies to Needs and Applications, 1st Edition

By Spiros Kitsinelis

CRC Press

165 pages | 91 B/W Illus.

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With so many new lighting technologies available for a wide range of visual environments, how do you choose the options that best address the needs and improve the quality of life for various groups? Focusing on applications and everyday use of light sources, The Right Light: Matching Technologies to Needs and Applications provides a comprehensive explanation of all light sources to be used as a guide to choosing the right lighting technology.

The book supplies a quick overview of the main characteristics of the existing technologies in the market and suggestions for appropriate technologies for a range of applications from health related issues to safety and security. The author characterizes different lamp technologies based on the large number of parameters required when choosing a light source. He makes suggestions based mainly on the qualities of the light such as color/wavelength of the light, color rendering index of the source, and, in the case of white light, the color temperature. Other parameters such as the luminous flux or the lifetime may play a role in some cases.

From the improvement of the quality of life of people in their working and living spaces, to road safety or treatment of medical conditions and from managing cancer rates to improving the lives of vision impaired people, the correct choice of light sources and the appropriate lighting design can indeed make the difference between comfortable and problematic everyday life or indeed life and death. Whether you design work spaces, public spaces, or living spaces, this book examines the different technologies and their properties in a way that allows you to find the correct lighting solutions and light related answers for any space.

Table of Contents

Properties of Light


Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Color Temperature

White Light

Measuring Light

Circadian Rhythm


The Technologies

Incandescent Sources

The Discharge (Plasma) Sources

The Solid-State Light Sources

Secondary Technologies

Primary Technologies


Illuminating Spaces

Indoor Lighting

Dynamic Lighting

Nonvisible Applications


Illuminating Open Spaces

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting and Security

Solar Lamps


Light Sources and Health

Melatonin Suppression

Light Therapy

Flicker and Health Effects

Light Sources and Eye Conditions

Color Vision Impairments

Mercury Issues


UV Exposure


Closing Remarks



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety