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Light and Lighting Systems

  1. John D. Bullough,
  2. Mark S. Rea

Published Online: 15 JUL 2004

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap630

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Bullough, J. D. and Rea, M. S. 2004. Light and Lighting Systems. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .

Author Information

  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Research Center, Troy, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2004


Lighting is the application of visually effective optical radiation. This chapter provides the reader with some basic information about lighting terminology and technologies (lamps, ballasts, luminaires, and controls), and the results of recent research on the effective use of lighting. This article supplements the articles on color vision; colorimetry; optical radiation sources and standards; and physiological optics.


  • photometry;
  • spectral sensitivity;
  • lamps;
  • luminaires;
  • visual performance;
  • efficiency;
  • luminous efficacy