Ways of lighting your layout

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General comments

  • Why is lighting important
  • How soon should you install lighting
  • How much light do you need

Types of illumination

  • Incandescent
  • Halogen
  • Fluorescent
  • Exotic (neon / slide projectors / black light)

Lighting concepts

  • Color of illumination source
  • Lighting for photography
  • Eliminating multiple shadows
  • Highlighting points of interest
  • Point sources vs diffuse sources / spots vs floods
  • Dawn/Day/Dusk/Night cycles
    • Dimmers & louvers
    • Color transitions
    • Automation of cycle

Safety considerations

  • Fire hazzard
    • Ventilation
  • Electrical practices
    • Sufficient circuit capacity
    • Permanent vs "Temporary"
    • Sufficient wire size


  • New installation vs existing ceiling
  • Kinds of lighting fixturing
  • Valences
  • Distances and geometry
    • Lowering lighting from ceiling - storage above
  • Multi-deck lighting

Other considerations

  • Ultraviolet filtering
  • Interaction with photo-detector block occupancy circuits


Your comments would be appreciated.

About this content:
Original author: Dick Lord. Last revised in 1996.
This LDSIG article is ©1996 by Dick Lord (email).
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