Gain familiarity with architectural lighting techniques in this introductory course. Learn the fundamentals of lighting—luminaire sources and types, regulations and technical terminology—and determine how to apply them to practical situations for residential and commercial interiors. Specific exercises, sightseeing and case studies train you to draw lighting plans, write specifications and create study models.
- Gain familiarity with light and its characteristics
- Develop a lighting design including creating a concept, developing the design by selecting appropriate fixtures and determining their quantity and placement
- Understand relevant energy and lighting codes
- Produce a set of documents to communicate your lighting intention and the schedule of fixtures for ordering
- Be able to specify lighting control
What You Learn
- Lighting assessment techniques
- Lighting color
- Directional effects of light
- Reflectance, glare and optical structure
- Energy efficiency
- Lumens, illuminance and luminance/exitance
- Conceptual design
- Output, color and distribution
- Light mapping
- Types of systems (recessed, suspended, track, structural and portable)
- Distribution of light
- Plans and layouts
- Lighting systems
- Fixture schedules
- Lighting controls
- Title 24 compliance
- ADA regulations
How You Learn
- Examples and case studies
- Class discussion and participation
- Field trip
- Representative class visit with sample fixtures
- One-on-one and group critiques
Is This Course Right for You?
This course is ideal if you want learn how to use light as a design element to create aesthetic, beautiful spaces and to provide appropriate lighting for building users.
Student Michelle La Fon created this project while taking Fundamentals of Lighting.