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Brand new SLL Lighting Handbook nearly here

A major drive has been underway across the lighting profession to update the existing SLL Lighting Handbook.

This work has involved over sixty people with some twenty-five chapter editors and nearly forty reviewers and technical auditors. These are mostly SLL Members, drawn from over forty companies involved in lighting, including leading manufacturers, consultants and universities from across the country and overseas. Leading the effort has been Paul Ruffles, ex Chair of the SLL Technical and Publications Committee and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting.

Chapters of vision and light featured within the 2009 version have been removed and will be included within the brand new SLL Code for Lighting, which is also being updated and is due to be published in 2019. Additionally, it was decided that the chapter focused on looking to the future should be removed as often trends arrive quicker than predicted. This left 19 of the existing chapters to be reviewed and updated. 13 brand new chapters and 4 appendices have also been added, making the Handbook one of the most comprehensive guides to interior and exterior lighting in the world.

The new chapters provides a synopsis of specific applications of light detailed in the individual SLL Lighting Guides such as LG13: Places of Worship; LG14: Control of Electric Lighting; and LG15: Lighting for Transport Buildings amongst others. Moreover, the Handbook will also look at areas not yet covered including historic buildings, exterior architectural and lighting for extreme environments. There is also a new chapter on general building areas. Those important, but often neglected common spaces within buildings - corridors, toilets, entrance halls, along with back of house areas such as locker rooms and storage areas.

In order to assist the increasing number of lighting designers coming into the Society, and the industry from non-engineering backgrounds, there are also chapters focusing on integration with other building services, electrical supplies and the important final commissioning of the lighting systems, in line with Commissioning Code L: Lighting (2018).

See below for the full contents list:

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