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INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors • 5 Cr.


Introduces lighting design for interior environments. Students explore human visual perception, properties of natural and artificial light, lighting devices and controls, energy issues, and visual communication of lighting designs. Includes application to specific design problems. Either INDES 191 or INDES 391 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and compare the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of natural and various artificial light sources and lighting techniques.
  • Explain and present advantages and disadvantages of various types of artificial light source
  • Explain how size and watts are expressed in the various types of artificial light sources and compare various light technologies based on efficiency
  • Debate the efficacies of the various types of artificial light sources based on the specific application and context
  • Compare the life expectancy of the various types of artificial sources
  • Present and properly apply knowledge of the Color Rendering Index, and the Kelvin ratings of the various types of artificial sources
  • Select from the various lighting luminaries for a specific design goal, and explain and justify selection process.
  • Create a lighting design based on the specific application and constraints applying appropriate industry lighting standards and best practices
  • Present and defend the lighting design you created to class members and industry experts, including concept, estimated costs, design trade-off analysis, and supporting technical documentation
  • Complete lighting design projects incorporating industry standards, appropriate technologies and fundamental design principles (examples include: drafting a reflected ceiling plan, and designing and building a luminaire)
  • Present and compare examples of how lighting design choices impact overall energy usage.



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