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  • By ColorGuy on June 16, 2012

    I practice and teach lighting design in New York City, and bought this book to see if it would be useful for my students. As an easy read for a home owner who wants to learn more about lighting, this book is fine. However, I don't recommend this as a design textbook.The biggest problem is in the explanation of lighting calculations, which is simply wrong because most of them ignore the distance that light must travel between the light source and the point of interest. We all know from experience that the farther away a light source is, the less light it delivers. When distance is introduced it, too, is incorrect. One type of calculation utilizes the Inverse Square of the distance between the light and the target. However, squaring the distance doesn't produce a measurement of square feet, just the result of a mathematical function. If light travels 10 ft., for example, squaring that distance produces the number 100, not 100 sq. ft. Where would those square feet be found?The general design approach is well written and useful. However, the chapter on calculations should be skipped entirely.

  • By R. Ross on April 16, 2014

    We're adding new recessed lighting around the house...mostly on paintings, drapes, kitchen counters, etc and wanted some specific help with the myriad of sizes, types, trims, voltages, etc and some of the artistic aspects...ceiling spacing, wall washing, placement for paintings, etc.We bought two books, this one and "The Home Lighting Effects Bible." The Bible was much better for our needs, and much cheaper. It has loads of information and useful example photos...I highly recommend it. However, it still didn't overcome the huge problem of deciding among the myriad of sizes, types, trims, voltages, etc. This "Architecture of Light" book was OK, but we didn't find it particularly useful for our needs.A couple of professional lighting designers recommended going with 4" low-voltage (12V) MR16 lights...so that is what we did. I then spent weeks trying out dozens of different types of trims (Eyeballs, gimbals, recessed cones, truncated cones, chrome (clear), white, gold, etc). I didn't find a book to help clear that forest. There are almost hundreds of trim styles and color combinations, but they aren't on Amazon or in the big box stores like Home Depot...you have to go to web wholesale electric sites.We're very happy with the results...mostly white trims with gold truncated cones that hide the bulb from side view and allow 30 degree angle on paintings (e.g. Elite B1463RB-WH trims).We used Amazon for some early test gimbal trims and the special Low Voltage Magnetic dimmers that you need to dim the lights. You need the dimmers and a variety of MR16 bulb styles (wattage and angle) to balance the lighting effects in different locations.

  • By Jessica Hutchings on July 25, 2017

    I had the honor of editing a textbook written by a friend of mine. The Architecture of Light, by Sage Russell, is a lighting textbook that focuses primarily on lighting design and not just the physics of light. Because of the excellent presentation of design principles, I have decided to use this text as the book for my lighting design class.Sage has taken his experience as a lighting educator and developed a unique method of presentation for many of the topics. Specifically, the light mapping technique is a proven method of presenting lighting concepts and one I use on a regular basis.I would not only recommend this book to students of lighting design, but I think even experienced designers will gain a new perspective of their lighting design process. I urge anyone in the lighting industry to take a look, given the opportunity- you will not be disappointed.

  • By J Z on April 16, 2013

    I have been using this book since it first came on the market. I found it the best lighting textbook for beginning design students. Sincere thanks for your brilliant work, Sage!

  • By Alan on November 20, 2015

    Amazing book

  • By Ole Simo on December 23, 2013

    I just redesigned and remodeled my entire house and was extremely happy with everything except for the lighting. As a mechanical engineer I just didn't think about this crucial aspect to the design, and wish that I'd read this book before putting in normal stuff with fairly pedestrian results! We added accent lighting where necessary and even moved a couple of lights, there's nothing more "fun" than moving a light and having a sheetrock repair in BRAND NEW sheetrock. Read this book FIRST and avoid that lovely experience :)

  • By Ann M on December 4, 2008

    This is a great book that gets right to the idea of actual lighting design. It touches on a few technical aspects, but it does not weigh you down with a lot of information pertinent to making you an electrician. What I love most about this book is that it breaks down the design process into five easy steps. It helps to free you from preconceived notions, and teaches you to look at lighting as DESIGN as opposed to purely functional.

  • By Brad on February 24, 2013

    Just what i needed for class. Thanks. The author has many typos throughout the book and its not written very well, though. Haha


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