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Lighting Design Basics

Lighting Design Basics

Mark Karlen, James R. Benya

ISBN: 978-1-118-03978-6

Jan 2011

192 pages

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Lighting is a basic, yet difficult-to-master, element of interior design, and Lighting Design Basics provides the information you need in a concise, highly visual format. Two leading designers, both with decades of experience, offer straightforward coverage of concepts and techniques, and present realistic goals you can use as guides to creating simple, typical lighting designs and when collaborating with professional designers on more complex projects.

Design scenarios for more than twenty different spaces illustrate real-world case studies for illuminating residential and commercial spaces, from kitchens to doctors' offices. Each scenario includes an in-depth rationale for the proposed solution, insightful lighting distribution diagrams, floor plans, and details for lighting installation and construction. In addition, exercises allow you to develop lighting design skills in preparation for working on actual projects, as well as the NCIDQ and NCARB exams.

Packed with informative illustrations, Lighting Design Basics is an invaluable resource for students, as well as interior designers and architects studying for professional licensing exams.


Chapter 1. Introduction: How to Use This Book.

Chapter 2. Light Sources.

Chapter 3. Luminaires.

Chapter 4. Switching and Dimming.

Chapter 5. Daylighting.

Chapter 6. Lighting Calculations.

Chapter 7. Documenting Lighting Design.

Chapter 8. Lighting Concepts: The Layers Approach.

Chapter 9. A Basic Approach to Lighting Design.

Chapter 10. Residential Lighting Design.

Chapter 11. Office and Corporate Lighting Design.

Chapter 12. Hospitality Lighting Design.

Chapter 13. Health Care/Institutional Lighting Design.

Chapter 14. Lighting for Stores.

Chapter 15. Lighting Common Spaces.

Chapter 16. The Professional Process of Lighting.

Chapter 17. Collaborating with Lighting Designers.

Chapter 18. Computers and Lighting Design.

Chapter 19. Developing Skills Beyond the Basics.

Appendix A. Educational Programs in Lighting.

Appendix B. Energy Codes.



  • Emphasizes conceptual knowledge over mastery of technical details. This book includes the technical basics but takes a more problem-solving approach.
  • Includes design scenarios for more than 20 different kinds of spaces. More than half of the book is devoted to typical scenarios encountered in the residential and commercial design worlds (from kitchens to doctors' offices). Each scenario includes an in-depth rationale for the proposed solution, lighting distribution diagrams, floor plans, and lighting installation/construction details.
  • Concise, highly graphic treatment of a complex subject.