Course detail

Lighting Technology

FSI-HLTAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course deals with the basics of lighting technology. Photometric and radiant variables and their interrelationships are explained, the spectrum of optical radiation properties of eye system and vision, color measurement and color rendering index. Next the principles of light generation, the main types of light sources are explained. Principles are explained in detail and construction of incandescent light sources, linear and compact fluorescent lamps, sodium lamps, mercury vapor lamp, metal halide and LED sources. Next the main features of the other light sources, such as induction lamps, xenon lamps and sulfur lamps are explained.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Graduate of this course is able to: - Describe the basic physics of light, - Explain the principles of light generation, - Explain the nature of vision and the visual system functions, - Explain methods for disturbing glare evaluation, - Explain the differences in trichromatic coordinate systems for the evaluation of color - List the main electric light sources - Connect the discharge light source into the circuit electrical network - Measure the basic photometric equipments - Explain the operating principles of fluorescent lamps, LEDs, - Name the properties to the light source.


The student who select the subject should be able to explain the basic laws of electric circuits, should have knowledge of basic electrical quantities measurements. General knowledge is required at the level of bachelor's degree, but it is advisable to have completed a course Energy use (BUEE).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Habel, J, Dvořáček, K., Dvořáček, V.,Žák, P.: Světlo a osvětlování, FCC Public s.r.o., Praha 2013, ISBN 978-80-86534-21-3
Sokanský, K., a kol.: Světelná technika, České vysoké učení technické v Praze 2011, ISBN 978-80-01-04941-9

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 laboratory protocols during the course

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

up to 24 points per laboratory protocols
up to 16 points for the progress tests of knowledge
up to 60 points for the final exam, which is focused on an overview of issues.
The exam is form of a test on a computer with an oral supplement in the event of deficiencies.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to provide students with information on lighting technology as part of the most common appliances of electricity. In this course students learn the basics of lighting technology, the necessary photometry theory, basic information about components for lighting, measurement principles of light from light, principles of light generation and light sources.

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

Laboratory teaching of the course is compulsory, properly excused absences can be arranged with the teacher, usually replace to last week or the following week, unless the teaching is divided into multiple groups.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-VAS , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to lighting theory, basic quantities and their relations
2. Relations among quantities, basic laws of light propagation
3. Light and vision, human eye, limits of vision, vision defects
4. Contrast, critical detail, eye recognition ability
5. Limits of vision, discomfort glare and its evaluation
6. Colour properties of light, trichromatic systems
7. Normalized light sources, spectrophotometric a spectroradiometri measurements, colour rendering index
8. Spectral and integral material properties , the propagation of light at the interface of two media
9. Light measurement, laboratory measurements of luminous intensity, luminance and lamps efficiency, illuminance measurement
10. Principles of light generation, electric lamp classification, incandescent light sources, classical and halogen lamps
11. Low pressure mercury discharge lamps, fluorescent linear and compact lamps
12. Sodium low and high pressure discharge lamps, high presure mercury lamps and metal halide lamps
13. LED sources, induction lamps, discharges with short arc, other lamp types

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Measurement of luminance and its distribution
Measurement of luminous intensity with comparing method
Evaluation of properties of illuminance meter cosine correction
Verifying of inverse square law
Measurement of light spectral properties
Measurement of colour properties of materials
Measurement of luminous intensity curves of small light sources
Measurement of voltage to luminous flux dependences
Measurement of display devices and their colour properties
Measurement of light chromaticity and voltage influences
Measurement of spectral properties of light-guide fibres
Measurement of directional reflection of materials for miniature luminaires
Measurement of luminous flux oscillation