Residential Lighting. A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 3984054
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Bring lighting to its full potential in any home

Well–designed lighting can transform a space and enhance its occupants′ feelings of well–being. Written by internationally recognized lighting consultant Randall Whitehead, this popular, easy–to–read lighting design guide offers both lighting designers and homeowners a highly visual introduction to the fundamentals of illuminating the single–family home.

Emphasizing the use of "light layering" using a variety of lighting sources together the book shares advice on design tools and room–by–room lighting strategies so you can visually shape a home to meet human needs. You′ll find hands–on guidelines for assessing a client′s needs, drawing a reflected ceiling plan, writing lighting specifications, choosing materials, and more.

Updated and enhanced throughout, this Second Edition offers:

  • The design tools for putting together a well–designed lighting plan

  • Room–by–room advice, with real–life examples of the products provided on related Web sites

  • Expanded chapters on energy–efficient lighting, including LED technology, GU24 fluorescent lamps, and daylighting

  • 32 pages of color plates demonstrating professional redesigns of interior and exterior rooms, and home offices

Filled with practical, pleasing solutions, this book will be a springboard for the imagination of interior designers, architects, and anyone working on residential projects where lighting is integral to the design.

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Chapter 1: The Functions of Illumination.

Chapter 2: The Color of Light.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Correct Lamps.

Chapter 4: Choosing the Correct Luminaires.

Chapter 5: Daylighting– Integration of Natural Light for Greener Design Practices.

Chapter 6: Controls.

Chapter 7: Special Effects.


Chapter 8: Kitchens: the New Gathering Place.

Chapter 9: Entrances: Setting the Tone.

Chapter 10: Living Rooms: Layering Comfort with Drama.

Chapter 11: Dining Rooms: The Main Event.

Chapter 12: Bedrooms: Private Sanctuaries.

Chapter 13: Bathrooms: Functional Luxury.

Chapter 14: Home Offices: Work Spaces that Really Work.

Chapter 15: Exterior Lighting: Expanding Interior Spaces Visually.

Chapter 16: Applying Lighting Techniques.

Part A Guidelines for drawing a reflected ceiling plan.

Part B Guidelines for writing lighting specifications.

Part C Lighting questionnaire for your clients.

Part D Hands–on design – condominium project.

Part E Review Examination.

Appendix One: Resources: How To Use Them.

Appendix Two: Sample Answers To Review Examination.

Sample Lighting Layout for Condominium Project .

Appendix Three: A Sampling of Luminaire Manufacturers.

Appendix Four: Top Ten Lighting Tips.

Appendix Five: Top Ten Outdoor Lighting Tips.

Appendix Six: Answers To Frequently Asked Lighting Questions.

Appendix Seven: Recording your Work: Tips on Photography.

Appendix Eight: Tips On Public Speaking.

Appendix Nine: The Business Of Being In Business.

Appendix Ten: Getting Published: The Game Plan.



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"Author Randall Whitehead proves that good lighting and green design go hand in hand. The book includes environmentally conscious tips on how to put together a well–designed lighting plan, room by room." (Home&Design, May/June 2009)

"Residential Lighting is a book that has certainly benefited from its second–edition treatment. Lighting technology–– particularly as it pertains to energy efficiency––has moved at a breakneck clip for most of the last decade, and Whitehead′s astute pen chronicles these changes and offers a hint of sensible prognostication about what the future holds." (, February 25th, 2009)

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