Interior Lighting

Fundamentals, Technology and Application

  • Wout van Bommel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Fundamentals

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  3. Technology

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  4. Application

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  5. Back Matter
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About this book


This book outlines the underlying principles on which interior lighting should be based, provides detailed information on the lighting hardware available today and gives guidance for the design of interior lighting installations resulting in good visual performance and comfort, alertness and health.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One discusses the fundamentals of the visual and non-visual mechanisms and the practical consequences for visual performance and comfort, for sleep, daytime alertness and performance, and includes chapters on age effects, therapeutic effects and hazardous effects of lighting. Part Two deals with the lighting hardware: lamps (with emphasis on LEDs), gear, drivers and luminaires including chapters about lighting controls and LEDs beyond lighting. Part Three is the application part, providing the link between theory and practice and supplying the reader with the knowledge needed for lighting design. It describes the relevant lighting criteria for good and efficient interior lighting and discusses the International, European and North American standards and recommendations for interior lighting.

A particular focus is on solid state light sources (LEDs) and the possibility to design innovative, truly-sustainable lighting installations that are adaptable to changing circumstances. The design of such installations is difficult and the book offers details of the typical characteristics of the many different solid state light sources, and of the aspects determining the final quality of interior lighting.

Essential reading for interior lighting designers, lighting engineers and architects, the book will also be a useful reference for researchers and students.

Reviews of Road Lighting by the same author:

"If you are going to design streetlighting, you must read this book....a solid, comprehensive textbook written by an acknowledged expert in the field – if you have a query about any aspect of streetlighting design, you will find the answer here.” – LUX, August 2015

“…a realy comprehensive book dealing with every aspect of the subject well…essential text for reference on this subject” – Lighting Journal, March 2015


Light and the visual mechanism Photopic and Scotopic vision Colour specification and rendering Visual performance and satisfaction Circadian rhythms and misalignment Photobiological effects Dynamic lighting Age effects in lighting Lighting gear and drivers Lamps and lumainaires LEDs for lighting Lighting quality parameter Lighting standards and recommendation Interior lighting design guidelines

Authors and affiliations

  • Wout van Bommel
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  1. 1.Van Bommel Lighting ConsultantNuenenThe Netherlands

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