Lighting: Residential Assignment

This assignment was written by Jessica Ainsworth-Truong for use in post-secondary education.  Use by others is not permitted without written consent.


The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate skill in good residential lighting technique.  We will cover lighting techniques for each household space, as well as the drawing standards for all required drawings.  As always, presentation plays an important role in the “client’s” ability to understand your ideas and the “contractor’s” capability to execute your design.

You will be creating a lighting plan for your Manhattan studio apartment.  A furnished floor plan is provided, you will choose furnishings, fixtures, finishes, color palette etc.  REMEMBER, THIS ASSIGNMENT IS ABOUT LIGHTING, any reconfiguration of space will not be considered in the grade (unless, of course, it is to benefit your lighting scheme).

Required Drawings

  • Floor plan ¼” = 1’0.  Rendered with respect to light.
  • Lighting plan @ 1/4” = 1’0. NOT RENDERED
    • Include a lighting key/legend.
  • Switching and wiring diagram @ 1/4” = 1’0. NOT RENDERED
    • Include a key/legend
  • 2 elevations @ ½” = 1’0.  Rendered with respect to light
  • Inclusion of appropriate finishes as they will effect lighting (flooring, wall finishes, ceiling finishes, large pieces of furniture)

Additional Information

Please create an interesting ceiling by changing heights (raise or lower in areas) or adding interest (like beams or coves).

Be prepared to be responsible for the critique of your peers.

Techniques for rendering light will be demonstrated, including hand rendering and photoshop.


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