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Course Detail

Course Name Illumination Engineering
Course Code 15EEE345
Program B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Credits Bengaluru / Coimbatore / Amritapuri
Year Taught 2015
Year Taught 2016
Year Taught 2017
Year Taught 2018


Unit 1

Radiant energy and visible spectrum, energy conversion to light, colour, eye and vision; different entities of illuminating systems.

Light sources: daylight, incandescent, electric discharge, fluorescent, arc lamps and lasers; Energy efficient lamps; Luminaries, wiring, switching and control circuits.

Unit 2

Laws of illumination; illumination from point, line and surface sources. Photometry and spectrophotometry; photocells. Environment and glare. General illumination design, Illumination levels, loss factors, lamp selection and maintenance.

Interior lighting – industrial, residential, office departmental stores, indoor stadium, theater and hospitals.

Unit 3

Exterior lighting – flood, street, aviation and transport lighting, lighting for displays and signaling – neon signs, LED-LCD displays beacons and lighting for surveillance.

Energy Conservation codes for lighting; lighting controls – daylight sensors and occupancy sensors; controller design.

Text Books / References

  • Craig DiLouie, “Advanced Lighting Controls: Energy Savings, Productivity, Technology and Applications”, CRC Press, 2005.


  • Kao Chen, “Energy Management in Illuminating Systems”, Carlsons Consulting Engineers, San Diego, California, USA, CRC Press, 1999
  • Mark Stanley Rea, “IESNA Lighting Handbook”, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, 2000
  • Soni, Gupta and Bhatnagar, “A Course in Electrical Power”, Fourth Edition, Dhanpat Rai & Sons, 1996.

‘Illumination Engineering’ is a course offered in B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

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