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Commercial Interior Lighting Design

Thomas Mason, P.E.

Course Outline

This two hour online course discusses the determination of requirements, calculations and graphic representation of typical interior commercial lighting. The approach is to examine each facet of design. Government regulations are presented, optical physics are examined and commercially available fixtures are discussed. Principals foci are lighting levels, installation, control and power distribution. One appendix provides a summary of IESNA recommended lighting levels, another presents a comparison of ASHRAE 90.1 lighting mandates and one State's school funding lighting mandates.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Introduction

Lighting design is performed by specially trained lighting designers, marketing and sales specialists, by architects, electrical engineers, installation contractors, lighting vendors and owners. Good lighting design meets government regulations, the owner's budget, the users needs and doesn't pop circuit breakers. This course addresses lighting needs, fixtures and lamps, installation, controls and power wiring. The approach is practical application with commercial references.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (334 KB) Commercial Interior Lighting Design.pdf. You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Course Summary

Commercial lighting design requires attention to a number of factors. None are truly concealed. The best education comes from noticing good installations as you travel. This course attempted to present the underlying principles and considerations to implement the design.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:



EPACT  -  1992 Energy Policy Act  -  Office of Codes and Standards (OCS):Fact Sheet - Appliance


US EPA  -  Environmental Protection Agency

Lithonia lighting fixtures  -

Holophane  lighting fixtures  -

Lightolier lighting fixtures  -

General Electric Lighting Control  -  General Electric : FAQ's

Siemens Lighting Control  -  Siemens Energy & Automation --

Cutler-Hammer Lighting Control  -  Cutler-Hammer Consulting Application Guide

Square D Lighting Control  -  Square D Technical Library

RS Means  -  Construction Cost Information Products and Services - RS Means

Tek Supply  -  Welcome to Teksupply: A leading supplier


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.