Today, lighting design software tools have improved considerably in their accuracy and graphical user interface. They allow designers to iteratively explore different scenarios related to lighting, producing graphics and reports that help examine and communicate the benefits of a certain design scenario. The probability of efficient use of electric light and daylight, and energy conservation could be higher when lighting solutions are rigorously investigated through such tools in the design of interior environments.
However, it is unfortunate to find that the use of lighting design software is notably limited in the design academic community. In a survey conducted in early 2006, I found that only 42.9% of interior design and 43.3% of architecture educators use them in their lighting design related courses. Over 70% of users of the lighting design software were of the opinion that it was important for design professionals to be proficient in using them. Approximately 80% of survey participants indicated that learning modules on the use of lighting software programs are most desirable/ desirable today. In response to the survey, this resource has been developed .
The purpose of the interactive modules is three-fold:
(a) to demonstrate the capabilities of lighting design software;
(b) encourage interior designers to design using photometrically sound lighting software tools; and
(c) to integrate lighting in the overall design process.
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