The Art and Science of Architectural Lighting Design

A Lamp Design Book

Light is an important tool for architecture. It can be sculptural and expressive, or subtle and functional. This book explores the different dimensions of lighting in architecture and its relation to culture.

This textbook provides comprehensive information for architectural lighting design including light level criteria and control technologies. The book also covers light-induced damage to artworks and daylight-electric lighting typologies.

The Science of Light and Vision

Light is one of the most fundamental and important aspects of architecture, interior design and art. Here you will find a selection of books about the topic that provide inspiration and helpful information for architects, lighting designers, students and others interested in the field.

Choreographed, atmospheric, sculpted or integrated – the book shows the intelligent use of light in architecturally significant buildings with photos, plans and technical diagrams. The authors also explain the design process of these projects – a practical guide for anyone who wants to create successful lighting designs.

The introductory section explains basic principles of light and vision. The subsequent chapters cover various design dimensions of light, like evanescence or atomization. Detailed case studies illustrate the topics. The book presents works by James Turrell including his immaterial glowing wall installations and contemplative sky spaces.

The Architecture of Light

Lighting has long been a central feature of the urban landscape. Its importance has been demonstrated through its role in crime control, nighttime economy, revolutionary movements and utopian ideals. The appearance and symbolism of the public lighting has largely been influenced by technological advancements.

Architects down the centuries have pondered the possibilities, challenges and boundaries of light. They have pushed artificial light to new limits and harnessed natural light in ways previously unimaginable.

From Luis Barragan’s sensuous approach to light, to Tadao Ando’s unique architectural language and James Turrell’s dramatic interior transformations, this book explores the ephemeral, spiritual and metaphysical nature of light. It also shows how lighting strategies can impose a usefully creative discipline on design. A great resource for architects and students.

The Lighting Design Handbook

With a clear approach and didactic graphic illustrations, this guide is aimed at students and professionals. It helps to develop a practical knowledge of lighting design and the ability to work with it. The book identifies terms and standards that relate to qualities in architectural lighting and supports dialogue between designers and engineers, architects and lighting designers.

This inspiring guide illustrates how daylight and electric lighting define architecture. Photos, impressive projects and descriptive texts illustrate varying moods such as flowing, continuous ambience or rhythmic character. Each mood is presented in a separate chapter and explains the role of light in architecture. The text is complemented by inspiring essays by luminary artists and architects. This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in light and architecture.

The Lighting Design for Museums and Art Galleries

The illumination of a museum or art gallery is an important element for visitors to enjoy artworks and to understand the context in which they were created. This book shows how lighting can be used to enhance the experience of museums and art galleries as well as provide a basis for design.

It is useful for students and lighting designers who want to get an overview of the entire field of lighting. The book contains light levels for various situations from foyers up to museums and includes a comprehensive chapter on control technologies.

The book shows how the lighting of a museum or art gallery can upgrade exhibition spaces into qualitative cultural brands – from the exhibition space to the sculpture garden. It also illustrates the possibilities of illuminating 3D objects using luminaires with narrow beam angles.

The Lighting Design Book for Interior Designers

This well-written book provides an introduction to lighting design for architects, interior designers and building owners. It explains concepts and techniques through texts, diagrams, sketches and photos.

Described as a “lighting handbook” by the authors it is an informative text that covers basic lighting principles, discusses technical parts such as light sources and controls, and helps readers become familiar with designing with light. It explains the concept of lighting contrasts as one of many visual factors that help define a space.

Sage Russell’s extensive knowledge of architectural lighting is evident in this clearly structured book. He explains the aesthetic fundamentals and technology of lighting design in a way that builds reader confidence. A companion website provides video animations and additional exercises. The fifth edition includes new information on the use of LED technologies.

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