In my previous projects, I investigated the usefulness of lighting design software modules in predicting the lighting distribution in interior environments. Lighting design programs are only as accurate as the input data they are given to work with, and should be used with care and some skepticism in unusual situations [1].

I explored the usability of computer simulation tools in the visualization and assessment of lighting of a space during the design process [2]. This research project was supported by the Joel Polsky/ Fixture Furniture/ International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Foundation Award. Comparisons between physical model lighting simulation, computer model lighting simulation, and the actual environment lighting measurements were conducted to explore the accuracy and ease of use of the lighting simulation software program. Based on this work, I have developed a pedagogic approach for using lighting simulation programs to produce realistic and practical results within a reasonable amount of time [3].

The e-light learning modules are a direct continuation of this earlier work. Here I articulate the findings from my previous research in the form of course modules that can prepare interior design and architecture professionals, educators and students to meet lighting related environmental challenges of tomorrow. This work is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts and the UNCG Undergraduate Research Assistantship Award.

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