Jun 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3632 - Illumination Systems Design

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Building lighting systems and site lighting will be explored through application of lighting principles. Students will become familiar with light sources, visual comfort, lighting control systems and daylighting. Hand calculations will be followed by use of a lighting software program. Code compliance in areas of egress and emergency lighting, as well as energy codes, will be integrated into a lighting design problem that will serve as the final project for the course. Topics include vision and light, light sources and luminaries, lighting calculations, lighting design (task, ambient, accent and decorative), exterior lighting including LEED requirements, lighting controls, daylighting, energy and life safety codes. (prereq: AE 3601 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Be knowledgeable and able to select light sources specific to architectural design, space function, and task
  • Be knowledgeable and able to select luminaires specific to architectural design, space function, and task
  • Apply a wide range of lighting control strategies and select the appropriate technology based on user and space requirements
  • Determine prescribed illumination levels by space type and according to industry standards
  • Perform calculations to inform design decisions, employing both manual calculations and lighting design software
  • Design lighting for a facility, document the design, and be able to visually and orally present and explain the core design concepts

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic lighting systems, lighting calculations

Course Topics
  • Light and physiology of vision
  • Light sources
  • Luminaires
  • Light and color
  • Daylightening
  • Design process
  • Design documentation
  • Lighting controls
  • Lighting metrics
  • Photometric calculations
  • Lighting calculation software
  • Exterior lighting
  • Building codes and emergency illumination
  • Energy codes and LEED

Christine Brotz

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