The LED Technology: A Review of Effects on Indoor Lighting and Fixture Design

By Emily Reed, Suchismita Bhattacharjee and Elizabeth Pober.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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Published Online: July 16, 2015 $US5.00

This review looks into the issue of LED (solid-state) lighting and its effect on fixture design and certain aspects of interior lighting design solutions. The field of architectural lighting, including interior lighting, is currently trending toward the use of LED lights, mostly in an attempt to lower the energy usage of the built environment. The technology of LED lighting is still very new and has yet to be perfected to an extent that all companies are willing to exclusively use LEDs to light their project. This paper, through a literature review of material pertaining to the role of the LED in interior lighting design, sought to explore the current strengths and weaknesses of this particular type of light – and its implications to the wider field of lighting design. Our analysis showed that the LED has the outstanding ability to permanently alter every aspect of lighting design, from the physical shape of fixtures to the amount of carbon emissions produced by light sources; the analysis also showed that LEDs still have certain obstacles to overcome before they can claim to be the perfect solution to all interior lighting projects. It was concluded that LEDs have an amazing potential to radically affect the field of lighting design – even blurring its boundaries with other design fields – and may do so in the near future, if technological advancements continue apace.

Keywords: Interior Lighting, Lighting Design, Fixture Design, LED Light, Solid State Lighting

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, July, 2015, pp.27-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: July 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 483.093KB)).

Emily Reed

Assistant Lighting Designer, Stantec, California, USA

Dr. Suchismita Bhattacharjee

Assistant Professor, Division of Interior Design, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA

Elizabeth Pober

Associate Professor, Division of Interior Design, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA