Lighting Engineering: Applied Calculations

1st Edition

Authors: R. H. Simons Robert Bean
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750650519
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 18th December 2000
Page Count: 544


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'Lighting Engineering: Applied Calculations' describes the mathematical background to the calculation techniques used in lighting engineering and links them to the applications with which they are used. The fundamentals of flux and illuminance, colour, measurement and optical design are covered in detail. There are detailed discussions of specific applications, including interior lighting, road lighting, tunnel lighting, floodlighting and emergency lighting. The authors have used their years of experience to provide guidance for common mistakes and useful techniques including worked examples and case studies.

The last decade has seen the universal application of personal computers to lighting engineering on a day-to-day basis. Many calculations that were previously impracticable are therefore now easily accessible to any engineer or designer who has access to an appropriate computer program. However, a grasp of the underlying calculation principles is still necessary in order to utilise these technologies to the full.

Written by two of the leading authorities on this subject, 'Lighting Engineering' is essential reading for practising lighting engineers, designers and architects, and students in the field of lighting.

Key Features

  • Provides you with detailed calculations and shows you how to apply them in practical situations
  • Benefit from the author teams' acknowledged expertise in the field
  • Learn to utilise new technologies to the full


Professional designers and engineers in the lighting industry. Postgraduate students of lighting, building services engineering and architecture.

Table of Contents

The light field of a luminaire The luminous intensity table and related computer applications Direct illuminance from point, line and area sources Flux transfer Interreflected light Optical design Colour Interior lighting Main road and motorway lighting Residential and road lighting Tunnel lighting Floodlighting Specific applications : airfield lighting and emergency lighting Daylight calculations Measurements * Appendix.


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About the Author

R. H. Simons

Affiliations and Expertise

Consulting Engineer, UK

Robert Bean

He has previously worked as a senior Lighting Engineer and Academic Vice Dean, while his wide and varied consultancy work has included the design of large scale industrial photometers, a study of hospital lighting, a major office lighting study and he was invlolved in the UK government's Millennium Commission project for the floodlighting of churches.

Affiliations and Expertise

Robert Bean lectures on lighting for Continuing Professional Development courses across the UK and also acts as a Lighting Consultant, UK


'This is an excellent text ... the authors' treatment of the topics is excellent' Professor Christopher Cuttle, University of Auckland, New Zealand 'The book is over 500 pages in length, well written, well presented and produced with good diagrams and many worked examples. It is considered that this book will become the oft-consulted reference work for progressive engineers and designers in addition to students of the subject." E Rowlands in Lighting Research and Technology "For all those of you for whom lighting calculations are a bit of a chore - or who want to learn more about them - Lighting Engineering is a must...suitable for everyone from professional lighting engineers and designers, through to students of lighting and architecture, this is a big book that belongs on all our shelves." The Lighting Journal 'The combination of the authors' mathematical analytical approach with their practical experience makes this a magnificent book, in which one can read the authors' love for their subject. The reviewer not only recommends this book but also makes a strong plea for it to be kept up-to-date over the next forty years.' Newsletter of the Society of Light and Lighting