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The Architecture Of Light: A textbook of procedures and practices for the Architect, Interior Designer and Lighting Designer.

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ISBN-13: 978-0980061703
ISBN-10: 0980061709
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Released in January 2008, The Architecture of Light is a lighting design textbook that merges fundamental lighting knowledge with graphic techniques for generating and communicating lighting design. The 264-page book is the brainchild of Sage Russell, a lighting designer at San Diego-based Lumia Light Studio and instructor at the Design Institute of San Diego. When asked what inspired him to publish the book, Russell says, "Having taught lighting design to architects and interior designers for seven years, each semester I struggled to provide them a text resource that was practical and applicable in the context of a one-semester lighting education." Specifically created as a tool for design professionals whose primary focus is not lighting design, The Architecture of Light concentrates on visual data to provide a deeper understanding of the lighting decision-making process. Color diagrams, photographs, and renderings are used to educate readers about the controllable aspects of light--both electric and daylight--and how they can be applied to architectural spaces. The text, which features 28 chapters divided into three parts--the fundamentals of light, designing light, and deliverables--presents procedures that architects and designers can follow to develop an architectural lighting solution that enhances the design intent of a project. In addition to outlining the process of lighting design, Russell includes a series of chapters that focus on lighting fundamentals such as the physical properties of light and color, physiology of vision, and the characteristics of electric light sources. An overview is provided for the luminaire selection process, and readers are introduced to a family of "workhorse" products that commonly appear in fixture schedules. Sample cutsheets and images also are provided from a variety of lighting manufacturers, along with case studies of each fixture type. Typical lighting layouts for residential and commercial spaces are supplied, along with frequently used lighting details to illustrate design tactics for a variety of interior environments. Developed as a supplement to the text, lighting textbook.com features design guides and lecture modules that follow the book's organization. Instructors of lighting design courses can download free PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and exercises based on a 15-week curriculum. The textbook--available for retail orders at amazon.com--and the online tools were developed with the purpose to expose individuals to basic lighting knowledge and offer a true representation of what professional lighting designers do. "Good design comes from faith in a process," Russell explains. "If a designer knows that they have a reliable method for making design decisions and coming up with concepts, they will have more confidence in their abilities, and will evolve to more innovative design." --Source: ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING Magazine By Megan Casey

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Written by a practicing professional lighting designer who is also an award winning design instructor, The Architecture of Light presents a perfect blend of visual design tools, and fundamental lighting knowledge.

The most useful aspects of practicing lighting design are presented here. Visual examples of critical lighting theories A comprehensive approach to adding light in layers Rendering and drafting techniques for documenting concepts and applications. Diagrams of fundamental lighting physics and physiology In depth discussion of specific lighting applications Examples of lighting layouts, luminaire schedules and cut sheets Daylight integration systems and details

In addition to theory and discussion, The Architecture of Light also provides complete chapters of common lighting details, case studies and a catalog of specific lighting tools. Every design student, architect and interior designer deserves a working knowledge of lighting design and this single book makes it possible.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Conceptnine (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980061709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980061703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Ross on April 16, 2014
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We're adding new recessed lighting around the house...mostly on paintings, drapes, kitchen counters, etc and wanted some specific help with the myriad of sizes, types, trims, voltages, etc and some of the artistic aspects...ceiling spacing, wall washing, placement for paintings, etc.

We bought two books, this one and "The Home Lighting Effects Bible." The Bible was much better for our needs, and much cheaper. It has loads of information and useful example photos...I highly recommend it. However, it still didn't overcome the huge problem of deciding among the myriad of sizes, types, trims, voltages, etc. This "Architecture of Light" book was OK, but we didn't find it particularly useful for our needs.

A couple of professional lighting designers recommended going with 4" low-voltage (12V) MR16 lights...so that is what we did. I then spent weeks trying out dozens of different types of trims (Eyeballs, gimbals, recessed cones, truncated cones, chrome (clear), white, gold, etc). I didn't find a book to help clear that forest. There are almost hundreds of trim styles and color combinations, but they aren't on Amazon or in the big box stores like Home Depot...you have to go to web wholesale electric sites.

We're very happy with the results...mostly white trims with gold truncated cones that hide the bulb from side view and allow 30 degree angle on paintings (e.g. Elite B1463RB-WH trims).

We used Amazon for some early test gimbal trims and the special Low Voltage Magnetic dimmers that you need to dim the lights. You need the dimmers and a variety of MR16 bulb styles (wattage and angle) to balance the lighting effects in different locations.
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I practice and teach lighting design in New York City, and bought this book to see if it would be useful for my students. As an easy read for a home owner who wants to learn more about lighting, this book is fine. However, I don't recommend this as a design textbook.

The biggest problem is in the explanation of lighting calculations, which is simply wrong because most of them ignore the distance that light must travel between the light source and the point of interest. We all know from experience that the farther away a light source is, the less light it delivers. When distance is introduced it, too, is incorrect. One type of calculation utilizes the Inverse Square of the distance between the light and the target. However, squaring the distance doesn't produce a measurement of square feet, just the result of a mathematical function. If light travels 10 ft., for example, squaring that distance produces the number 100, not 100 sq. ft. Where would those square feet be found?

The general design approach is well written and useful. However, the chapter on calculations should be skipped entirely.
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I am building a new LARGE home and wanted to get information to figure out the lighting scheme. This book was actually interesting and enjoyable to read. I have already read dozens of different books to be prepared for the homebuilding process (I will be my own general contractor) and have found this to be one of the most useful with real information and not just buzzwords.

That being said, if the author or publisher is reading this, you MUST do a thorough proofreading before the next printing because there are MANY typos in the book (I would seriously fire whoever was in charge of proofreading!)

I am very happy I bought this book since I really had no background in lighting and this provided a good basis.
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In an industry known for confusing acronyms, undeciferable number sequences and cut sheets, this book acts like a road map for understanding the multi faceted world of lighting design. Delightfully straight forward and easy to read, each of Russell's steps is outlined clearly to help teach a general method for approaching lighting a space depending on your end goals rather then a micro managed process of what goes where in each room. The concepts are balanced with doses of real world insight and finished off with a great breakdown of sample fixtures and their applications. Explaination and illustration of cut sheets, lamp details, lighting maps, sample interiors and exteriors all contribute to the book's clarity. Whether you are an industry professional hoping to brush up on your understanding of current technique or a student trying to get a good general introduction to the field this book is sure to be exactly what your looking for.
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As an interior design student, this was a textbook selected for my lighting class. I have really enjoyed this book. It is easy-to-understand and explains concepts clearly. The photographs and diagrams are really helpful. It has provided basic foundation knowledge for my class and enhances instructor lessons and field trips. What I like is that it gets into how lighting is really used in the arena of a design professional. I love lighting stores, but did not realize how much goes into creating a lighting design that is functional and efficient. Each chapter was thoughtfully presented and incorporated photographs and renderings that applied to the principle being taught.

I am very happy with this book which is definitely a keeper!
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