Lighting designers must consider many factors when specifying lighting systems and lighting controls for nonresidential buildings, including the owner’s project requirements. Elements that designers must be aware of that will be touched on are:

  • Lighting construction budget.
  • Code requirements.
  • Desired light source, color temperature, color rendering index, etc.
  • Desired luminaire type and style.
  • Illumination levels, minimum foot-candle levels, maximum foot-candle levels, maximum to minimum foot-candle ratios, etc.
  • Desired controls systems.
  • Special requirements such as emergency lighting, daylighting harvesting, dark skies, etc.
  • Sustainability goals.
  • Commissioning requirements.
  • Training requirements.
  • Operations and maintenance requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the codes and standards that apply to lighting systems.
  • Understand the owner’s project requirements for lighting. Understand how to design lighting systems to meet the OPR.
  • Determine how to implement commissioning, training and operations and maintenance manuals.
  • Illustrate the steps for designing a lighting system that meeting the building occupants’ needs.