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Kitchen and Bath Lighting: Concept, Design, Light



Kitchen and Bath Lighting: Concept, Design, Light

Dan Blitzer, Tammy Mackay, NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)

ISBN: 978-1-118-45454-1 April 2015 288 Pages

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The industry standard illustrated guide from the National Kitchen and Bath Association

Co-published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Kitchen and Bath Lighting is the go-to resource for designing, planning, and installing light in residential kitchen and bath projects. Full color illustrations throughout the book make Kitchen and Bath Lighting a visually absorbing experience. This beautiful volume begins with the basics of light, color, and vision, progressing from there through every stage of the residential lighting design process. With special attention to sustainability and lighting for older eyes, this book contains the information you need to know about the latest trends impacting the lighting industry.

Because the NKBA established the standard kitchen and bath guidelines for both new construction and remodels, Kitchen and Bath Lighting is aligned with the practices that are in high demand. This book is also an excellent choice for anyone hoping to obtain credentials as a Certified Kitchen Designer or Certified Bath Designer.

  • Comprehensive coverage of the kitchen and bath lighting process, from the fundamentals of color to design documentation to construction
  • Illustrated guidelines for using lighting tools like sources, luminaries, and controls in design development
  • Glossary and end-of-chapter exercises for quickly learning and referencing key terminology and lighting techniques
  • Companion website offering resources for instructors

This new addition to the NKBA's Professional Resource Library is an essential reference for kitchen and bath designers, lighting designers, and interior designers, as well as contractors, retrofitters, specifiers, and anyone else involved in lighting kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchen and Bath Lighting will give you the visual understanding of lighting that can lead directly to client satisfaction.

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Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 How We See 1

Physics of Light 1

Vision 2

Measuring Light 5

Measurement versus Perception 7

Summary 8

Review Questions 8

Chapter 2 Seeing Materials 9

Color 9

Form and Texture 12

Matte and Gloss 14

Summary 15

Review Questions 15

Chapter 3 Seeing the Space and Each Other 17

Appearance of Light 17

Light and Our Sense of Space 20

Light and People 21

Summary 22

Review Questions 22

Chapter 4 Seeing the Work 23

Task Visibility 23

Visual Performance 28

Illuminance 28

Challenges to Task Visibility 30

Summary 33

Review Questions 33

Chapter 5 Seeing as We Age 35
Vince Butler, CGR, GMB, CAPS

How Vision Changes with Age 35

Lighting and Safety 39

Summary 41

Review Questions 42

Chapter 6 Speaking about Lighting 43

Lighting Effects, Not Equipment 43

How Should a Space Feel? 44

Layering 48

Experiential Layers of Light 48

Functional Layers of Light 54

Applying Light 59

Summary 65

Review Questions 65

Chapter 7 Sustainable Lighting 67

Definition of Sustainability 67

Environmental Impacts of Lighting 68

Sustainability and the Cost of Lighting 74

Sustainable Lighting Strategies 77

Summary 79

Review Questions 80

Chapter 8 THE Importance of Daylight 81

Daylight and Human Experience 81

From the Outside In 82

Daylight in Different Forms 85

Characteristics of Daylight 86

Admitting Daylight 88

Integrating Daylight and Electric Lighting 97

Summary 103

Review Questions 103

Chapter 9 Schematic Design 105

Program 105

Schematic Design 106

Lighting for Kitchen Activities 108

Lighting for Bathroom Activities 113

Experience 123

Architectural Integration 127

Communicating the Concept 133

Summary 135

Review Questions 135

Chapter 10 Choosing Electric Light Sources 137

Light Sources for Kitchens and Baths 137

Attributes of Light Sources 138

Summary 145

Review Questions 145

Chapter 11 Comparing Electric Light Sources 147

Light Sources for Kitchens and Baths 147

Incandescent Sources 148

Fluorescent Sources 157

LED Sources 164

Product Quality 169

Summary 171

Review Questions 171

Chapter 12 Light Fixtures 173

Light Fixture Selection Criteria 173

Types of Fixtures (Luminaires) 180

Summary 191

Review Questions 191

Chapter 13 Lighting Controls 193

Benefits and Objectives 193

The Language of Controls 195

How Dimmers Work 198

Sensors 203

Control Systems 206

Wireless Control of LED Lamps 211

Applying Controls 211

Summary 212

Review Questions 212

Chapter 14 Design Development 213

Developing the Design 213

Code Compliance 214

Locating Luminaires 217

Selecting Luminaires 228

Sizing the Light Source 235

Controls 238

Summary 241

Review Questions 241

Chapter 15 Documenting the Lighting Design 243

Lighting and Controls Plans 243

Summary 252

Review Questions 252

Chapter 16 Getting Lighting Built 253

Lighting in the Construction Process 253

Submittals 256

Lighting Supply Channel 257

Summary 262

Review Questions 262

Glossary 263

Index 265