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Basic parameters used in lighting you should know

Measurement of light

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Basic
Basic parameters
parameters used
used in
in lighting
lighting

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Luminous ux

Abbreviation:

phi

Unit:

lm

lumen

The luminous flux describes the quantity of light emitted by a light source. The luminous efficiency is the ratio of the luminous flux to the electrical
power consumed (lm/W). It is a measure of a lamps economic efficiency.

Luminous intensity

Abbreviation:
Unit:

I
cd

candela

The luminous intensity describes the quantity of light that is radiated in a particular direction. This is a useful measurement for directive lighting elements
such as reflectors. It is represented by the luminous intensity distribution curve (LDC).

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Illuminance

Abbreviation:

phi

Unit:

lx

lux

Illuminance describes the quantity of luminous flux falling on a surface. It decreases by the square of the distance (inverse square law). Relevant
standards specify the required illuminance (e.g. EN 12464 Lighting of indoor work-places).
Illuminance:
E(lx) = luminous flux (lm) / area (m2)

Luminance

Abbreviation:
Unit:

L
cd/m 2

The luminance is the only basic lighting parameter that is perceived by the eye. It specifies the brightness of a surface and is essentially dependent
on its reflectance (finish and colour).

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