Electrical Installation and Illumination

  • Albert Ting-pat So
  • Wai Lok Chan
Part of the The International Series on Asian Studies in Computer and Information Science book series (ASIS, volume 5)


Electricity is the most important energy source in modern buildings. Almost all building services systems cannot operate without electricity. In this chapter, a brief description is made on the supply of electrical power right from the generating plants down to the final circuits inside individual rooms of a building. Various safety concepts in electrical installation practices are included. Electric power quality, in particular power harmonics, has become a very hot topic in modern electrical services and an introduction to this issue is made here. In addition, some basic knowledge in illumination engineering have been included at the end of this chapter.


Power Factor Circuit Breaker Total Harmonic Distortion Luminous Flux Overhead Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Ting-pat So
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wai Lok Chan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Johnson Controls Intelligent Building Research CentreCity University of Hong KongChina
  2. 2.Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityChina
  3. 3.City University of Hong KongChina

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