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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2011 (PC020404.10) ➔ Luminance as an Alternative Metric for Lighting Design


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Rebecca Mintz (designer)
Brooke Carter (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Jerry Kugler (thesis advisor)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)
Alexa Griffith Winton (thesis advisor)




The current standards used for lighting design are problematic, because they are based on illuminance, which only measures the amount of light hitting a surface. Humans see light reflected off surfaces and make judgments based on contrast relationships, which are better captured by luminance. This thesis proposes an alternative metric and standard based on luminance along with a procedure for their implementation. Through the design of a conference room, the metric is established as beneficial and feasible.



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