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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

ACH 209 - Lighting for Interior Design

3 credit hours - Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly; one term.
Reviews the difference between natural and artificial light. Covers lighting effects with respect to texture and color, the psychology of light, and the relationship of light and sustainable design in today’s environment. Fixture schedules, switching patterns and reflected ceiling plans for a multitude of residential and commercial situations are covered. Includes lectures, research and student projects. Lab fee $40.

Prerequisite(s): ACH 203  (formerly ACH 102), ACH 242  and PHY 120 .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles of illumination for residential and commercial spaces
    • Determine fixture selections based on preset criteria
    • Calculate luminare requirements using industry formulas
    • Uphold the use of universal design and ADA recommendations
  • Analyze lighting methods
    • Identify various lighting options
    • Evaluate benefits and disadvantages of various lighting fixtures
    • Examine existing structures and their lighting
  • Calculate lighting needs utilizing code requirements
    • Review and evaluate local code documentation
    • Determine lighting requirements for criteria in multiple residential locations
    • Determine lighting requirements for criteria in multiple commercial locations
    • Formulate solutions in an illustrated format
  • Weigh alternatives for energy sources that comply with sustainable design
    • Compare energy requirements of flourescent, incandescent, and halogen lighting
    • Draw lighting plans that maximize the use of natural light for daylighting
    • Acquaint self with alternative energy sources of electricity
    • Incorporate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Evironmental Design) sustainable design standards
  • Develop lighting plans inclusive of appropriate fixture symbols and switching methods
    • Review software for CADD as recommended by Interior Graphic Standards
    • Detail lighting designs based on examples from certified designers and licensed architects
    • Visit lighting businesses that staff certified lighting designers
    • Design multiple lighting solutions for individual locations
  • Present lighting design plans
    • Communicate design solutions through electronic and graphic methods
    • Communicate lighting plans in oral presentations
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning