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Encyclopedia > Architectural lighting design
The skyline of Singapore at night; Many buildings can be seen illuminated for aesthetic reasons.
The skyline of Singapore at night; Many buildings can be seen illuminated for aesthetic reasons.

Architectural lighting design is a field within architecture and architectural engineering that concerns itself primarily with the illumination of architecture, including academic/institutional, corporate, hospitality, monumental structures, residential, retail/entertainment and site/facade lighting projects. This article is about building architecture. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... This article is about lighting design in theater. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3840x2400, 3027 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Skyscraper Raffles Place Marina Bay, Singapore Architectural lighting design Central Area User:Advanced/Gallery Night photography Metadata This... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3840x2400, 3027 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Skyscraper Raffles Place Marina Bay, Singapore Architectural lighting design Central Area User:Advanced/Gallery Night photography Metadata This... For other uses, see Skyline (disambiguation). ... This article is about building architecture. ... An architectural engineer applies the skills of many engineering disciplines to the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings while paying attention to their impacts on the surrounding environment. ...

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Professional trade organizations

Prior to the 1960s, the concept of illumination in architecture was not considered to be important by many architects or consulting engineers. This changed with the formation of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) in 1969, the current mission of which is "to serve the IALD worldwide membership by promoting the visible success of its members in practicing lighting design." This created a new attitude towards the profession and raised the profile of architectural lighting design, one of the principal goals of the organization. International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) was founded in 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Its mission is to serve the IALD worldwide membership by promoting the visible success of its members in practicing lighting design. ...


The European Lighting Designers' Association (ELDA, later ELDA+) was formed in 1993; in 2007, ELDA changed its name to the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA). These two organizations are the main authorities regarding lighting design in architecture. The Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA), formerly known as European Lighting Designers Association (ELDA+), is an international association of lighting designers whose work primarily involves them in architectural lighting design. ...


The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ...


The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) is an organization "devoted to international cooperation and exchange of information among its member countries on all matters relating to the science and art of lighting." CIE works globally to develop and publish lighting design standerdization and best-practice documents. The CIE 1931 color space chromaticity diagram with wavelengths in nanometers. ...


The Professional Lighting & Sound Association (PLASA) represents the interests of many lighting designers and manufacturers, several of which are invovled in the Architectural lighting market. PLASA is UK orientated, but does represent companies on a European and International level. Plasa is the Professional Lighting And Sound Association, Every year they host the PLASA Show in the UK. PLASA PLASA SHOW ...


There are many more nationally-based organizations such as the Schweizerische Licht Gesellschaft (SLG) in Switzerland, the Association de Concepteurs Eclairage (ACE) in France, the Hellenic Illumination Committee (HIC) in Greece and the Associazione Professionisti dell'Illuminazione (APIL) in Italy .


Concept of lighting design

Architectural lighting design focuses on three fundamental aspects of the illumination of buildings or spaces. The first is the aesthetic appeal of a building, an aspect particularly important in the illumination of retail environments. Secondly, the ergonomic aspect: the measure of how much of a function the lighting plays. Thirdly is the energy efficiency issue to assure that light is not wasted by over-illumination, either by illuminating vacant spaces unnecessarily or by providing more light than needed for the aesthetics or the task. Drawing of a self-service store. ... Ergonomics (from Greek ergon work and nomoi natural laws) is the study of designing objects to be better adapted to the shape of the human body and/or to correct the users posture. ... For the physical concepts, see conservation of energy and energy efficiency. ... This cosmetics store has lighting levels over twice recommended levels and sufficient to trigger headaches and other health effects Over-illumination is the presence of lighting intensity (illuminance) beyond that required for a specified activity. ... Aesthetics is commonly known as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. ...


Each of these three aspects is looked at in extraordinarily detail when the lighting designer is at work. In aesthetic appeal, the lighting designer attempts to raise the general attractiveness of the design, measure whether it should be subtly blended into the background or whether it should stand out, and assess what kind of emotions the lighting should evoke. The functional aspects of the project can encompass the need for the project to be visible (by night mostly, but also by day), the impact of daylight on the project and safety issues (glare, colour confusion etc.). Its over and done But the heartache lives on inside And who is the one your clinging to instead of me tonight And where are you now Now that I need you Tears on my pillow Wherever you go Cry me a river that leads to your oceans Youll never... Look up daylight in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Safety (disambiguation). ... Glare is difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light such as direct or reflected sunlight or artificial light such as car headlamps at night. ...


Architectural lighting design, much like architecture itself, qualifies as being neither an art nor a science, rather a mixture of both. While creative spirit is demanded of a designer, a qualified professional architectural lighting designer will generally have a good understanding of the properties of light from a scientific standpoint and of the functioning of a light fitting (known as a "luminaire" in field terminology). The Luminaire is a live music venue in London. ...


Media and trade publications

With the increase in global focus on green design and energy codes, lighting design and its role in sustainability have become more well known, resulting in a number of lighting-specific trade publications and an increase in coverage in architectural publications.


The following are publications specific to lighting design, covering the global-nature of the industry:

  • LD+A (Lighting Design + Application), published by the IESNA (U.S.A.)
  • illuminate (U.S.A.)
  • Illuminator (Russia)
  • Lighting (Australia)
  • Lighting&Sound America (U.S.A.)
  • Lighting&Sound International (U.K.)
  • Professional Lighting Design Magazine, official publication of PLDA (published in English, German, Turkish and Chinese)

The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Illuminate is a German industrial band formed in 1993 by Johannes Berthold. ... An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript, often of a religious nature, in which the text is supplemented by the addition of colourful ornamentation, such as decorated initials, borders and the like. ... Not to be confused with lightning. ... Professional Lighting Design is a magazine in the niche architectural lighting design market. ...

Notable architectural lighting designers

  • Christian Bartenbach (A)
  • Howard Brandston (US)
  • Louis Clair (F)
  • Claude Engle (US)
  • Paul Gregory (US)
  • Rogier van der Heide (NL)
  • Motoko Ishii (JP)
  • Heinrich Kramer D)
  • William Lam (US)
  • Kaoru Mende (JP)
  • Mark Major (UK)
  • Paul Marantz (US)
  • Inge Maurer (D)
  • Roger Narboni (F)
  • Derek Porter (US)
  • Andreas Schulz (D)
  • George Sexton (US)
  • Charles Stone (US)
  • Jonathan Speirs (UK)
  • Mark Sutton Vane (UK)

See also

This time exposure photo of New York City shows sky glow, one form of light pollution. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This cosmetics store has lighting levels over twice recommended levels and sufficient to trigger headaches and other health effects Over-illumination is the presence of lighting intensity (illuminance) beyond that required for a specified activity. ... Light therapy lamp for Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder, also known as winter depression, is an affective, or mood, disorder. ...

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