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DESC9164: Lighting Technologies

This unit covers the technologies employed in generating, distributing, and controlling light in illuminated environments. Students learn the advantages and disadvantages of different hardware options for various lighting applications. A brief history of lighting technologies and the physical processes involved with electrically generating light are included in this unit. Practical characteristics of currently popular lamp types, as well as emerging lighting technologies, are presented. The effects of integral luminaires and other light fittings on the resulting illumination are covered, as are the electrical requirements of different lighting technologies. This unit also includes calculation techniques for predicting the illumination in spaces from lighting products. The selection, operation, and implications of lighting control options are discussed. The underlying principles and practical consequences of the different characteristics of various lighting technologies are emphasised to enable students to independently evaluate future innovations in lighting technologies.

Code DESC9164
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand how electricity is converted into light by modern lighting technologies.
  • LO2. perform manual design calculations and evaluate different maintenance strategies.
  • LO3. select light products for use in architectural spaces.
  • LO4. find and critically evaluate information on lighting technologies.
  • LO5. communicate effectively about technical lighting topics.