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Students interested in this course should have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field.

About this course

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Lighting accounts for at least 30% of the energy consumption in commercial buildings. This course focuses on the design of illumination systems in buildings (electric and natural lighting) in order to achieve energy-efficiency and visual comfort. The first part includes lighting calculation techniques, visual perception, radiative transfer, lamp characteristics, and electric lighting system design for indoor building illumination. The second part of the course focuses on daylighting (natural lighting) systems, including daylighting predictive models as well as design and control of such devices. Integration of these systems with electric lighting controls allows for significant reduction in lighting energy consumption. The course has a lab section, in which the students learn how to work with lighting and daylighting software, in order to design illumination systems and evaluate their energy and comfort performance.

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Illuminating Engineering –from Edison’s lamp to the laser , 2nd edition, by J.B. Murdoch, Visions Communications, 2003 ISBN-13: 978-1885750051; ISBN-10: 1885750056

What you'll learn

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  • Characteristics and design of electric lighting systems in buildings
  • Daylighting strategies, prediction models and assessment
  • Integrate electric lighting control systems with daylighting
  • Use software tools to design electric lighting and daylighting systems
  • Assess the energy and comfort performance of lighting designs

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Athanasios (Thanos) Tzempelikos
Professor of Civil Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy)
Purdue University

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