IES - RP-11
Lighting for Interior and Exterior Residential Environments
|Publication Date:||20 December 2017|
This Recommended Practice is a guide for designing and for teaching lighting. It covers residential living spaces and other areas intended to impart a residential atmosphere. It describes design objectives, criteria for quantity and quality of illuminance, lighting methods, types and uses of equipment, energy use, and electrical code considerations. Various solutions that address residential lighting problems are also presented When the owner resident is known during the design phase, the residential living space can be made to embody the most detailed aspects of lighting design due to the end user's emotional, intellectual, and personal involvement with the project. An astute designer will be able to address client preferences and convey their personality, while providing a lighting solution suitable to all potential users of the space. This type of project may take longer than anticipated whenever the client should connect with and approve of every detail.
A residence is both a person's own private space and a venue for entertaining relatives and friends. When the owner residents and their preferences are known ahead of time, proper lighting techniques are employed to address how they will use their home, accommodating everyday likes and dislikes and fulfilling specific wishes to give the owners a better living environment. When the home or living space is designed without knowledge of who its eventual occupants will be, the lighting design can still employ design techniques and strategies to create a space that will be acceptable and appreciated by the majority of its occupants.
Residential design is less formulaic than other kinds of lighting design, and each residential project requires a fresh perspective from the lighting designer. Multipurpose as well as dedicated-use types of rooms are now being built in residential projects that provide, at the most personal level, a unique space of refuge, safety, and family activities. Descriptions of some of these room types that have become more commonplace are found in Annexes A, B and C.
The use of practical, high-quality lighting is an integral part of good residential lighting design. Certain information in this Recommended Practice document is marked as being of special importance for the lighting of tasks and spaces where users of the space may be elderly or have impaired vision. Also marked for the first time in an IES Recommended Practice document is information intended to make lighting equipment and solutions more resilient, so that lighting can continue to function as needed in the event of storms, earthquakes and other emergencies (see Section 1.5).