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The Right Light
Matching Technologies to Needs and Applications

ISBN 9781439899311
Published May 18, 2012 by CRC Press
165 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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