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Groups 3 & 4

IES Illuminance Selection Procedure

Step 1: Identify the Visual Task.

What is it and where is it?
Qualitative requirements
Quantitative requirements

Step 2: Select Illuminance Category from IESNA charts

In determining the appropriate lighting fixture(s), architects and designers must consider what
the space is intended for, and where it is located.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is the officially recognized technical
authority on illumination.

IES developed the IESNA design guide - a chart that guides architects and designers on the
appropriate illumination levels for each particular space and purpose.

​ inimally ​required values.
The illuminance levels on the IESNA chart display only the m

Most office buildings and public interior spaces are between 300 lux and 500 lux. (30 fc and 50
fc, respectively).

Step 3: Address Qualitative Issues
Address problems such as glare and color issues, if any are present.

Glare is an interference with visual perception caused by an uncomfortable light source or
reflection: a form of visual noise.

Different Types of Glare

Direct Glare​: results from high luminances (brightness) in the visual environment that are
directly visible from viewing position

Direct Glares are often the result of the presence of a large window.

Discomfort Glare​: due to too much contrast with the object and its environment.Reflected Glare or Veiling Reflection​: is a reflection of incident light that partially or totally obscures the details to be seen on a surface by reducing the contrast. interferes with the perception of visual information needed for biological needs . Reflected glare is caused by light reflected from polished or glossy surfaces. it is distracting or uncomfortable.

reduces ability to perceive the visual information For example. you could design light fixtures to intentionally lose some its light to reduce glare. (Example = indirect lighting) ● Use several small low intensity light fixtures rather one large one.Disability Glare​: caused by excessive light directed at the eye. but you will have a higher visual comfort. the bright sunlight shining into your eyes makes it hard to see what’s in front of you How do you correct glare problems? ● In an event of a glare in an interior space. ● Use adjustable local lighting with brightness controls ● Position light fixtures to reduce reflected light that is directed towards the eyes . The level of lighting will be lower.

Direct. the more light loss there is. Maximum values b.The illuminance values listed on the IESNA chart for a particular space’s function/use are the __ required by law a. the better The larger the cutoff angle. reflected or veiling reflection. What are the four different types of glares? . ● Minimize luminance contrast between background and object Shielding and Cut-off Angles The smaller cut-off angle. Minimum values c. Exact values 2. Questions/Answers: 1. What are some solutions to combat direct glare? . The smaller the cutoff angle. 3. Suggested values d. discomfort. and disability glare. the less light loss there is.

Zero d. The bright sunrise/sunset shining straight into your eyes when you are driving. Uniform or Non-Uniform Light Distribution? . True or False: A smaller cut-of angle the better a. True b. a.intensity light fixtures rather than one.Using several small low. Disability d. How do you Correct Glare Problems? . is an example of which type of glare? a. The same light c. You can make the source less bright by using indirect lighting solutions. to add contrast and drama to the space. More light d. 10. and making it extremely hard to see the road. 100% 11. a.Identify the Visual Task . 4. More b. As we age. Are distracting or uncomfortable b. Direct b. A large cutoff angles means __ light loss for the luminaire. 8. . Reflected c. What is the Definition of Glare? . Discomfort 5. False 9. What is a Discomfort Glare? a.Non-uniform. All of the above 7. 6. Slightly less light 12. Less c. our eyes requires ___ in order to see the same object at the same brightness interference with visual perception caused by an uncomfortable light source or reflection: a form of visual noise. Less light b. Which is Better. Does not significantly reduce ability to see information d. What is the first step in the IES Illuminance Selection Procedure? . Interferes with the perception of visual information c.