Course detail

Lighting Systems

FEKT-MPA-OSVAcad. year: 2020/2021

Course lighting systems expands knowledge of lighting techniques to the practical parts associated with the design, construction and operation of lighting systems. Students are at first introduced to the basic variables and relations that are necessary for the design of indoor and outdoor lighting systems. There are explained the methods of lighting systems design and there are presented the legislative regulations and standards necessary for this activity. Furthermore, students are confronted in detail with the most commonly used light sources and luminaires, as well as materials needed for their production. In the next step there are explained general procedures and principles of the lighting design of indoor and outdoor space using not only artificial sources, but also the contribution of daylight. Also the student is familiarized with the problems of regulation, evaluation and measurement and with basic elements of smart wiring.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Deeper knowledge from lighting technology, knowledge of methods of lighting system design, knowledge required at lighting technician for production of luminaires, operation and maintenance of lighting systems. Acquired knowledge is the basis for each designer of lighting systems.


Knowledge from the completed bachelor studies is required. Knowledge of lighting techniques acquired in the basic course Lighting technology is advantage.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

IES Lighting Handbook 10th edition, Illuminating Engineering, New York, Society of North America 2012 (EN)
IES Lighting Handbook 9th edition, Illuminating Engineering, New York, Society of North America 2000 (EN)
Helwitt, H.,Vause, A.S.: Lamps and Lighting, British Lighting Industries Ltd. 1966 (EN)
Elenbaas, W.: Light Sources, Philips Technical Library, 1972 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project/assignment and laboratory protocols during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

up to 24 points for laboratories
up to 16 points for the project lighting system
up to 60 points for the final exam, which is focused on an overview of issues taught in the course

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 Basics of photometry, quantities, units, equations, luminous intensity distribution, calculations of integral luminous flux of luminaires.
2 Measurement of light-technical parameters of luminaires, data file formats used for exchange of luminaires’ light and technical parameters.
3 Light sources for luminaires.
4 Functions and sorting of luminaires, basic types of optical parts, requirements for luminaires with certain light sources, electrical accessories and basic constructional elements of luminaires.
5 Designing and construction of luminaires, the most used light-technical materials and their properties.
6 Computational methods used in lighting system designing.
7 Basic principles of interior lighting system designing, light comfort, discomfort glare.
8 Daylight in buildings, problematics of combined illumination, basic principles of designing.
9 Basic principles of exterior lighting systems designing, street lighting, lighting of roads and public spaces.
10 Legislative background of lighting technics, laws, decree, standards.
11 Intelligent wiring, basic principles of luminous flux’s regulation, control of lighting systems.
12 Influence of light on organisms and its biological qualities,
13 Ecological and environmental aspects of lighting systems.


The aim of the course stands in providing students practical information of the design, operation and control of lighting systems. Students learn how to design a lighting system so it is user-friendly, what kind of light sources and luminaires should be used, and how to operate and manage the lighting system with the environment on mind. Students are acquainted with new trends used in the design, measurement and control of lighting systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-EEN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

10 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


4 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer