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Here, at last, is the long-awaited Third Edition of the book that introduced two generations of architects and designers to the principles and practice of interior lighting design. This classic primer continues to be popular because it provides readers with a solid conceptual foundation upon which to build and refine their lighting design skills. Mirroring the teaching philosophy that has been so successful at the prestigious Parsons School of Design, it trains readers in a rational approach to the design process as a whole - an approach that has been proven to work for the lighting of any space, whether it be a gallery, office building, restaurant, or school. While the emphasis is on universal principles, the author also focuses on essential nuts-and-bolts details. Writing in a clear, eloquent, highly accessible style, veteran lighting designer Gary Gordon defines relevant lighting terms; describes lamps, lighting systems, and techniques; delineates key technical aspects of control and integration and the strategic use of daylight; and explores the complex principles of light perception, brightness, contrast, and color. With the help of numerous real-life examples and hundreds of exquisite photographs and professional line drawings, he brings all of the ideas discussed into sharp focus.
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Where previous editions focused on the mechanics of producing light, this one emphasizes an architectural approach to the design of light. Its basic tenet is that lighting design is a methodical procedure, not a mysterious art form. Written to serve both as a textbook for architecture and design students and as a manual for professionals, it covers perception, psychology, color, electricity, and photometrics. Includes b&w illustrations, 21 color plates examining the mechanics of the color spectrum, and an 18-table appendix. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471509707
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY GORDON, FIES, FIALD, LC, founder and Principal Lighting Designer of Gary Gordon LLC, has designed lighting systems for more than one thousand corporate, institutional, residential, and retail projects. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Lighting Institute at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he helped to develop the Parsons Graduate Lighting Design Program. As three-term president of the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), he established the first national certification program for lighting professionals.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Introduction 1
1 Perception 3
Visible Light 3
The Eye 4
The Brain 6
Brightness Perception 6
Color Perception 9
The Sense of Sight 10
2 Psychology 11
Emotional Impact 11
Degrees of Stimulation 11
Degrees of Brightness Contrast 12
The Three Elements of Light 14
Subjective Impressions 18
Variation 23
3 Brightness 25
Direction and Distribution of Light 25
Surface Finishes and Reflectances 31
Three - Dimensional Form 31
Glare and Sparkle 35
4 Color 43
Color Temperature 45
Color Rendering 45
Subjective Impressions 46
Surface Finishes and Color of Light 46
5 Daylight 51
Daylight Design 52
Shading Devices 56
Glazing Materials 60
Quantity 60
Energy Control 62
6 Incandescent Lamps 63
Lamp Bases 64
Filaments 64
Light Output 68
Lamp Types 69
Tungsten-Halogen Lamps 73
Low-Voltage Lamps 75
Colored Light 77
7 Discharge Lamps 81
Fluorescent Lamps 81
High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps 92
Low-Pressure Sodium (LPS) Lamps 97
8 Auxiliary Equipment 99
Transformers 99
Ballasts 100
9 Light Control 105
Reflection 105
Transmission 109
Refraction 111
Glare Control 118
10 Photometrics 121
Measurement of Light 121
Recommended Illuminance Values 124
Illuminance Calculations 126
Surface Reflectance 133
11 Electricity 135
Principles of Electricity 135
Switch Control 139
Dimming Control 141
Central Lighting Control Systems 146
12 Luminaires 149
Housings 149
Light and Glare Control 154
13 Design 209
Visual Clarity 209
Architectural Surfaces 213
Task Lighting 218
Ambient Lighting 220
Lighting Art 224
Balance of Brightness 229
Energy-Effective Design 237
Integrating Light and Architecture 239
Appendix 243
References 271
Credits 273
Glossary 277
Index 285
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