Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building

Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.

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Lighting Fundamentals

This course will cover the fundamentals of lighting, with a focus on light emitting diodes (LEDs). The course will cover ways to measure light, the visual perception of light, how different light sources can render color, as well as the production of LEDs and industry standards for LED products.

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Understanding Asymmetric Beam Angles

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures, light quality, and light output. Also, this course defines asymmetrical beams, describes how they are created, and illustrates why LED light is an ideal technology for this new way to project light. Finally this learning unit gives guidelines for mounting and installing asymmetric beam fixtures.

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Interior Lighting Strategies

This learning unit covers three areas: (1) it provides a general overview of how lamps and fixture types have evolved over the past few decades; (2) it discusses the benefits of LED lighting when compared to other traditional lamp types; and (3) it explains how programmable LED fixtures in both recessed and suspension applications can help expand interior lighting options and offer new and innovative opportunities for both functional and aesthetically pleasing design strategies.

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Selecting the Right Lighting

This learning unit provides a general overview of how to select the right approach to interior lighting. Lighting can have a major impact on the functionality, safety, mood, and healthfulness of a space. Whether for a commercial project or interior, exterior, or residential setting, selecting the right lighting strategy for a space is critical.

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Custom Lamp Creation and the Benefits of LED Lighting

This learning unit provides a general overview of how new technologies allow more control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. Also, this course outlines and discusses the benefits of LED lighting compared with other traditional lamp types. Finally, architects will learn how LED fixtures can be custom crafted using extruded aluminum to provide functional, cost effective, and aesthetically interesting fixtures for commercial office or retail spaces.

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Benefits of Tunable Light in the Commercial Workspace

This learning unit provides a general overview of how specific bands of the light spectrum impact human behavior, and how light is distributed using traditional and new fixtures and luminaries. Also, this course explores how new technologies can be used not only to adjust the quantity of light, but also the quality of light in commercial spaces. Finally, the course examines the benefits of tunable white light as an option for architects to create healthful, practical, and aesthetically pleasing interior lighting designs.

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Exterior Lighting Choices to Combat Sky Glow

This learning unit provides a general overview of the importance of thoughtful lighting design from curbside to building. It also discusses how reducing light pollution and improving energy conservation are critical elements of successful exterior lighting design. Included is an introduction to some of the best practice lighting strategies for exteriors, including new technologies and design elements to reduce sky glow.

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Go beyond energy savings with Daylight Autonomy

Daylight autonomy systems from Lutron use breakthrough solar control technologies to improve staff well-being like no other daylighting solution can. As you consider specification options for upcoming projects, keep in mind these 10 reasons to team up with Lutron:

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Lichen and the Rock: An Integrated Response to Daylight

Daylighting professionals explain daylighting design principles, criteria and metrics you can use to optimize daylight use for your projects. Specific examples from projects on the University of Washington campus demonstrate tools and techniques used to analyze, manipulate and maximize daylight performance in different types of spaces. They found their inspiration from an unlikely source: lichen growing on a rock.

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