Steps to designing good task lighting

Commercial Interior Space Designing-II 4(1+3)

Lesson 9:Lighting arrangement for public building

Steps to designing good task lighting

Design ambient lighting systems before designing systems to accommodate the other lighting types.

Define the reason for the lighting.
  • Ambient- circulation and general lighting
  • Task- areas where detailed work is done
  • Accent- architectural use only (minimal)
  • Safety or emergency egress lighting
Design the ambient lighting system.
  • Define day lighting zones
  • Define occupancy sensor zones
  • Determine minimum ambient lighting levels
Select lighting fixtures
  • Design the task lighting system.
  • Determine where task lighting is needed
  • Balance task and ambient lighting levels
  • Provide automatic and manual controls
Design the accent lighting system.
  • Limit the amount of accent lighting
  • Use occupancy sensors to control accent lighting
  • Select low-energy fixtures
  • Reduce ambient light levels when there is accent lighting
Design the safety lighting system.
  • Select low-energy safety lighting fixtures
  • Operate safety lighting only when needed
  • Place all safety lighting on separate lighting circuits

Design the lighting control system, using automatic and dimmable controls.

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