Designing with Light The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2021-12-21
Publisher(s): Wiley
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The new edition of the popular introduction to architectural lighting design, covering all stages of the lighting design process 

Designing with Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design, Second Edition, provides students and professionals alike with comprehensive understanding of the use of lighting to define and enhance a space. This accessible, highly practical textbook covers topics such as the art and science of color, color rendering and appearance, lighting control systems, building codes and standards, and sustainability and energy conservation. Throughout the text, accomplished lighting designer and instructor Jason Livingston offers expert insights on the use of color, the interaction between light and materials, the relation between light, vision, and psychology, and more. 

Fully revised and updated throughout, the second edition features new chapters on design thinking, common lighting techniques, and lighting economics. Expanded sections on aesthetics, controlling LEDs, light, and health, designing with light, and color mixing luminaires are supported by new case studies, examples, and exercises. Featuring hundreds of high-quality color images and illustrations, Designing with Light

  • Provides systematic guidance on all aspects of the lighting design process 
  • Thoroughly covers color and light, including color perception, color rendering, and designing with colored light 
  • Explains the theory behind the practice of architectural lighting design 
  • Contains information on cost estimating, life cycle analysis, voluntary energy programs, and professional lighting design credentials     

Includes an instructor resource site with PowerPoint presentations, test questions, and suggested assignments for each chapter, and also a student site with flashcards, self-evaluation tests, and helpful calculators. Designing with Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design, Second Edition is perfect for architecture, interior design, and electrical engineering programs that include courses on lighting design, as well as professionals looking for a thorough and up-to-date desk reference. 


Author Biography

Jason Livingston is Principal at Studio T+L, a leading lighting design firm based in New York City. He is Co-Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Color Committee, Adjunct Faculty at the New York School of Interior Design, Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design at The New School Open Campus, and Visiting Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute. His areas of expertise include interior lighting design, theatrical lighting design, color, and lighting education.

Table of Contents


Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first addition


About the author

Chapter 1 The Lighting Design Profession

The Lighting Designer’s Scope of Practice

Professional Lighting Design Credentials

Digital Resources


Chapter 2 The Design Process and Lighting Design

What is Lighting Design?

Phases of the Architectural Design Process

Beginning the Lighting Design

A Lighting Design Process

Digital Resources


Chapter 3 Designing with Light

Thinking About Light

Thinking About Luminaires

Thinking About Lighting Architecture

Thinking About Variety and Contrast

Thinking About Everything – Layers of Light

Communicating Design Ideas

Approaches to the Lighting Design Process

Additional Considerations

Digital Resources


Chapter 4 What is Light?

Light is Illumination

Light is Rays of Vision

Light is a Material

Light is Rays

Light is Colored Rays

Light is Waves

Light is Particles

Light is Waves, Again

Light is Waves and Particles, aka Quanta

Light is Art

Light is a Tool

Digital Resources


Chapter 5 How We See

From Light Source to Vision

The Eye

How We See Color

Visual Performance

Digital Resources


Chapter 6 Light and Perception



Lighting, Architecture, and Impressions

Light and Behavior

Digital Resources


Chapter 7 Distribution of Light

Interaction of Light and Materials

Types of Distribution

Other Distribution Issues

Digital Resources


Chapter 8 Light Sources and Lamps

Light Sources

Lamp Shapes

Lamp Sizes

Lamp Bases

Beam and Field Angle

Describing a Lamp

Selecting a Light Source

Lamp Information for Consumers

Digital Resources


Chapter 9 The Science of Color in Light

Why Understand the Science of Color?

The Special Nature of Vision


Standard Observers

Chromaticity Diagrams

Colors of White Light

How Do We Define White Light?

Chromaticity Differences

Color Rendering

Light Source Characteristics

Other Issues in Color

Chromatic Light

Additive and Subtractive Color Mixing

Digital Resources


Chapter 10 Designing with Color in Light

Selecting Color Temperature

Tunable Lighting

Using TM-30

Using Colored Light

Color and Meaning

Color and Environment

Sources of Colored Light

Digital Resources


Chapter 11 Light Fixtures or Luminaires

Luminaire Components

Common Luminaire Types

Mounting Conditions

Outdoor Luminaires

Luminaire Consideration Summary

Reading Manufacturer’s Literature

Modifying Luminaires

Custom Luminaires

Luminaire Sales and Information

Digital Resources


Chapter 12 Lighting Techniques and Details

Wall Washing

Wall Grazing

Accent Lighting

Cove Lighting


Luminous Ceilings

Under Shelf Lighting

Digital Resources


Chapter 13 Daylighting

The Benefits of Daylighting

Planning for Daylighting

Code Requirements

Solar Angles

Building Orientation


Designing Daylighting

Shading Strategies

Digital Resources


Chapter 14 Lighting Controls

Electricity and Electrical Engineering

Why Do We Need Controls?

Basic Controls

Control Protocols

Other Control System Components

Control Systems

Commissioning Control Systems

Digital Resources


Chapter 15 Photometrics and Calculations

Terms Describing Brightness

Units for Measuring Light

How Much Light is Required?

Illuminance Calculations

Glare Calculations

Flicker Calculations

Digital Resources


Chapter 16 Documenting the Design

Reflected Ceiling Plan or Lighting Plan

Luminaire Designations

Developing the RCP

Luminaire Cut Sheets

Luminaire or Fixture Schedule


Documenting Controls

Load Calculations

Digital Resources


Chapter 17 Building and Energy Codes

Model Codes

Model Building Codes

Model Energy Codes

Verifying Energy Code Compliance

Digital Resources


Chapter 18 Sustainability

Voluntary Energy Conservation Programs

Qualified Products Lists

What Else Can Be Done?

Digital Resources


Chapter 19 Light and Health

Biological Rhythms

Measuring Circadian Entrainment Effectiveness

Other Health Uses for Light

Light Deficiency and Light Therapy

Full Spectrum Lighting

Harmful Effects of Light

Light and the Aging Eye

WELL Building Standard

Digital Resources


Chapter 20 Lighting Economics

Initial Cost

Simple Payback

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Additional Value Considerations

Digital Resources


Appendix Lighting Related Professional Organizations



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