Architects have a monumental task ahead of them every time they take up a new project. They must take into consideration the function of a space while also making it visually appealing. Lighting is a critical aspect of an architectural design. Lighting fixtures need to deliver adequate illumination while also being aesthetically pleasing.
Light distribution must be closely examined before making a decision whether a specific fixture is appropriate for an architectural application. Found on most manufacturing specification sheets, the light distribution curve is clearly represented in a chart. This graphic offers individuals a visual representation of how the light is diffused and where the light will be emitted by a luminaire. It turns the three dimensional properties of light into a two-dimensional image so architects can easily compare specs between multiple lighting fixtures. When choosing architectural lighting options, being able to quickly interpret how light will be distributed throughout a space is key.
With so many variables and a host of design options to take into consideration throughout an architectural project, light distribution isn’t the only factor that comes into play. There are a host of factors architects want to review before deciding which luminaire they will choose for their desired application.
To ensure architects have all the information they need when comparing and reviewing photometric specifications, RLE industries developed the Lighting Terms and Definitions to Help Choose the Best Lighting Solution.