INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors • 5 Cr.


Introduces lighting design for interior environments. Students explore human visual perception, the properties of electric light and daylight, including light source technology and terminology, an overview of energy issues as they relate to lighting, and visual communication of architectural lighting design. The course applies architectural lighting design processes and principles to specific interior design problems. Either INDES191 or INDES391 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the 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.