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Some Aspects Of Architectural Lighting Of Historical Buildings


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M. Górczewska


The aim of night illumination is to recall the whole object image, as it is in the daylight city panorama. In building illumination we reach for solutions which are suitable for object function and architecture. Illumination with light cast from different directions is to expose details of the object’s architecture by play of light and shadow on facades and details of the building. Architectural lighting is also often used inside. Architectural interior lighting uses a number of formal solutions, in which light is emitted from behind the edges screening the luminaires. This kind of solution gives indirect illumination of ceilings or walls and light sources are invisible. This article discusses the role, tasks of illuminating, and architectural lighting and presents lighting effects obtained for design implementation, where the architecture and indoor arrangement or the building’s façade architecture were linked with architectural lighting. Keywords: lighting engineering, architectural lighting. 1 Introduction The modern lighting techniques, applied for creating the monuments nocturnal appearance, should include aspects concerning the architecture as well as symbolic meaning of the illuminated facilities or buildings. The realization of these principles is connected with the experience and imagination of the designer as well as with the technical possibilities, i.e. mainly with the parameters of applied light sources and luminaires.


lighting engineering, architectural lighting