The Design of Lighting

The Design of Lighting

The Design of Lighting

The Design of Lighting


Written primarily for the practising designer, The Design of Lightingbrings together in one volume all that the practitioner is likely to need. The authors combine a technical introduction to lighting and colour theory with a guide to design concepts and criteria, to create a comprehensive source book for architects and designers on interior lighting design.


This book is an introduction to lighting in buildings, written for architects, interior designers and building services engineers. It is planned to be a reference for practitioners and a textbook for students. It covers daylighting and electric lighting, and introduces the use of colour.

There are three parts. the first, The Technical Background , gives the framework of physical and human factors used by the lighting designer: the ways in which light and colour are described and quantified, the fundamentals of vision, and the sources of light. These are set out in short chapters, which can be either read as an introduction, skipped by the knowledgeable, or used for reference. the aim is to give a concise description of topics that may make up the lighting syllabus of a degree in architecture, and to include some of the elements of interior design and environmental engineering courses.

The second part, Designing , is the main section of the book. It describes the needs and preferences of people in buildings, and shows that there are many criteria of good lighting, ranging from the perceived character and architectural form of a space to the detailed requirements of task performance and comfort. Specific chapters cover design of the overall light and colour of a room, windows, lighting for work and lighting for display. Exterior lighting of buildings is described, and further chapters deal with emergency lighting, energy use and other design constraints.

The third part, Calculations , sets out procedures required in practice. Taking some of the most frequently used daylighting and electric lighting calculations, it gives for each a step-by-step synopsis of the method and a realistic worked example. the final chapters list typical data and sources of further information.

A feature of the text is a sequence of tables based on current design codes and data, summarizing good practice and providing checklists. The Design of Lighting is planned to be used in conjunction with national standards and codes of practice, giving the

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