INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors • 5 Cr.


Introduction to lighting design for interior environments. This class explores the properties of electric light and daylight and its relationship to human visual perception, with focus on lighting terminology, technology, energy code requirements, and the visual communication of architectural lighting design. This course will walk through the schematic architectural lighting design process and principles as applied to specific interior design challenges. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • • Explain the lighting design process and its relationship to a comprehensive interior design process. • Clearly communicate a written lighting design concept and outline related lighting design strategies. • Communicate architectural lighting design concepts through an iterative visual process. • Properly apply knowledge of the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Kelvin temperature when selecting luminaires for specific applications. • Select appropriate luminaires for a specific design goal and explain selection process using accurate lighting terminology. • Create an architectural lighting design for a specific application, applying appropriate lighting industry standards and best practices. • Analyze and compare the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of daylight and various electric light sources and lighting techniques. • Identify electric light sources and lamp types, and compare their characteristics, benefits, and challenges in relationship to specific design conditions. • Present a schematic lighting design that incorporates a clearly written lighting design concept, lighting strategy, visual communication of lighting effects, use of appropriate lighting terminology, and supporting technical documentation.