Lighting / Electrical

Students in the lighting and electrical option have the skills and knowledge necessary to create high quality lighting systems, and safe and effective electrical distribution systems. 

The lighting and electrical option builds on the fundamentals of:

  • Electrical circuits

  • Power distribution

  • Illumination systems for buildings

Strong design and analysis capabilities are developed through such classes as Basic Theory of Building Illumination (AE 461), Advanced Architectural Illumination System Design (AE 464), Advanced Building Electrical System Design (AE 467), and Computer Aided Lighting Design and Analysis (AE 466).

Coursework consists of:

  • Lectures

  • Laboratory exercises

  • Homework

  • Design projects, where students work both in teams and as individuals.

Students are introduced to the latest in lighting technology through site visits, field trips to manufacturers, and through interactions with professionals. Students apply many of the leading lighting and electrical system design and analysis software tools such as AGI32, Lumen Designer, Radiance, Photopia, Power*Tools (and others) in their work.

Extra depth can be achieved through graduate classes such as Daylighting (AE 565), Space & Light Theory (AE 597), Luminous Flux Transfer (AE 562), and Luminaire Optics (AE 563). Undergraduates with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher may take these courses with written permission of the instructor and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Graduates are typically hired by lighting, engineering and A/E design firms, as well as by manufacturers of lighting equipment. Both summer and permanent job opportunities are plentiful.

For additional information on the lighting design profession, visit the web site for the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

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