If you don’t have access to an university library (and even if you do), sifting through shelves can take hours. Buying books can be even more painful — for your wallet, at least. It should be stated that you may not find what you are searching for usually. Instead, why not browse this list of 40 books that are easily accountable online? Some are well-known classics of lighting design literature, but we hope you find a few surprises as well.
Here are the selected Lighting Design Books as part 1:
Lighting Design Books
Lighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility.
author Mark Karlen, Christina Spangler, James R. Benya
**This is my favorite choice.
Daylight is the most important element determining the mood and appearance of architecture, more so than all construction materials. In office buildings in particular, the good provision of daylight and matching artificial lighting installations make an important contribution to energy conservation – the better the use made of daylight, the less energy has to be consumed for artificial lighting. The BASICS Lighting Design volume includes the most important principles of daylight and artificial lighting design.
author Roman Skowranek amazon.com ($17.51)
Fundamentals of Lighting takes an integrated approach to the study of lighting and design. Topics include lighting system basics, lighting and the design process, human factors, sustainability, global issues, regulations, business practices, and the LEED building certification program.
author Susan M. Winchip
author Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier amazon.com ($48.27)
This over 400-page volume puts together 100 projects LPA has created over its 25-year history, during which the lighting design has undergone a substantial change from innovations in technology and environmental consciousness. Large and beautiful photographs in this book reproduce their projects including residences, hotels, commercial buildings, public space projects and more.
author Kaoru Mende + Lighting Planners Associates amazon.com ($117.04)
Lumitecture is a global survey of the most exciting lighting designs for interior spaces, featuring the latest interactive technologies, energy-efficient systems, and otherworldly experiences. Some 200 projects are organized into three sections: lighting that transforms space, lighting that alters the experience of time, and lighting that evokes emotion or psychological change. Projects range from design solutions― practical applications and techniques for improving the ambience and function of our spaces for living and working―to highly experimental or immersive experiences that induce physiological responses or use entirely new sources of light, such as bioluminescence or rarefied gasses.
author Anna Yudina amazon.com ($27.00)
Light in Architecture explores the role and use of light in and around buildings from the time that Stonehenge was built through to the present day, illustrating how a greater understanding of this intangible and free material will lead us to better architecture and, ultimately, improve our quality of life. Translated and carefully updated from the best-selling Spanish book, La Materia Intangible, this full colour edition explains why light is so fundamental to human perception, how its nature and use are influenced by time and place, and how it has come to be used as a tool for abstract architectural design.
author Elisa Valero Ramos amazon.com ($46.27)
Featuring more than 120 public artworks, design installations, and architectural elements, SuperLux is a visual celebration of the ingenuity and artistry of the latest lighting technology. The book’s three sections focus on projects that use light to animate architecture and media screens; new lighting in former industrial zones and new public areas, including wayfinding and street lighting; and interactive installations in urban spaces. Each is punctuated with essays by leading experts and designers on this remarkable new phenomenon.
author Davina Jackson amazon.com ($27.13)
The Languages of Light: A Creative Approach to Residential Lighting is a lavishly-illustrated, inspirational and beautiful guide to the creative process of lighting the home. Authored by award winning lighting designer Rebecca Weir, and creative consultant Allyson Coates the book serves as a valued resource for interior designers, architects, property developers, landscapers and the home owner looking for the confidence to integrate contemporary lighting practice into their projects. From understanding light as a basic tool to lighting design, techniques and case studies, The Languages of Light is a thorough and instructive guide to the creative possibilities of lighting the home.
author Rebecca Weir, Allyson Coates amazon.com ($49.95)
The use of light and illumination in architecture and design is currently evolving and making an increasingly significant impact in various creative disciplines. Today, architects use light installations to create a different night-time identity for buildings that allow for additional functions and presentations. Bright 2 features a rich selection of these architectural illumination and light installation projects from across the globe.
author Carmel Mcnamara amazon.com ($44.52)
Practical lighting design involves devising three-dimensional light fields that create luminous hierarchies related to the visual significance of each element within a scene. By providing you with everything you need to develop a design concept – from the understanding of how lighting influences human perceptions of surroundings, through to engineering efficient and effective lighting solutions – Kit Cuttle instills in his readers a new-found confidence in lighting design.
author Christopher Cuttle amazon.com ($47.42)
This revised edition of the successful primer thoroughly covers fundamentals of lighting design, and also serves as a handy reference for professional designers. The Fifth Edition is more comprehensive than ever, with new information on LED, energy efficiency, and other current issues.
author Gary Gordon amazon.com ($61.33)
Designing With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design is a comprehensive introduction to the intelligent use of lighting to define and enhance a space. The book explores all aspects of the process, including aesthetics, technology, and practicalities, in a clear, concise manner designed to provide the reader with a full working knowledge of lighting design. Color illustrations throughout demonstrate the real-world effects of the concepts presented, and the companion website offers video animations and exercises to better illuminate the art and science of lighting.
author Jason Livingston amazon.com ($70.61)
21st Century Lighting Design maps trends in lighting design over the last decade, featuring over 100 designs from domestic, commercial and architectural settings. This beautifully-designed and lavishly-illustrated volume features designs from a vast array of designers and agencies from influential figures including Ross Lovegrove, Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad and Tom Dixon to newly-emerging designers.
author Alyn Griffiths amazon.com ($7.96)
author Scala Quin
Daylighting: Architecture and Lighting Design provides architects, lighting specialists, and anyone else working daylight into design, with all the tools needed to incorporate this most fundamental element of architecture.
author Peter Tregenza, Michael Wilson
Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space provides both a critical approach to and a conceptual framework for understanding the application of lighting in the built environment. The key considerations of lighting design are illuminated through accessible texts and instructional diagrams.
author Hervé Descottes, Cecilia Ramos
Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting surveys practitioners who work with diverse materials, from textiles and ceramics to metal and glass, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of their work.
author Hannah Nunn
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