Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the end of the course the student will be able to:

Recognize and use basic lighting laws and theories in calculations

Distinguish between lighting quantities, respective units and symbols

Recognise the main operational principles of light measurement instruments

Operate light measurement instruments

Recognize and compare the different type of light sources, their characteristics, performances and operational principles

Apply the fundamentals of colorimetry to evaluate lighting installations and light sources

Demonstrate the influence of light on vision and visual performance

Analyse and differentiate the basic technical aspects of lamps, luminaires and system designing

Use lighting design software

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 11.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Helder Lemos de Almeida Pinho, Helder Lemos de Almeida Pinho

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Helder Lemos de Almeida Pinho, Helder Lemos de Almeida Pinho

Contact information for the course (valid 18.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Paulo Pinho

  • Room: 2574 (TUAS
    building, Maarintie 8)
  • E-mail: paulo.pinho(at)

For in-person or remote meetings send an e-mail message to Paulo Pinho in order to agree on a suitable date and time.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lighting laws and theories; lighting quantities, units and symbols; light sources and technologies; light measurement instruments; vision and visual performance; fundamentals of colorimetry; basic design aspects of lamps, luminaires and lighting installations; lighting design; lighting design software

  • Applies in this implementation:


    Must know

    (Essential knowledge, 80%)

    Should know

    (Supplementary knowledge, 15%)

    Nice to know

    (Specialized knowledge, 5%)

    Academic discipline

    Definition of light

    Main lighting laws and their use

    Lighting quantities and units

    Describe and characterize the main types of light sources and their

    - Apply the fundamentals of colorimetry on the assessment of lighting installations and light sources

    Mathematics (e.g., integration, derivation, geometry and trigonometry)

    Material physics (e.g., physics of semiconductors)

    Fundamentals of electricity (e.g., circuit analysis and theories)

    Recall basic electrical safety rules and regulations

    Recall basic aspects of electric installation in buildings

    Professional skills

    Plan and perform basic lighting measurements (e.g., illuminance and

    Cooperate and participate in goal-oriented team work

    Main factors which influence lighting quality and performance

    Use of lighting design tools (e.g., computer software programs) in lighting design of indoor work spaces

    Work collaboratively (e.g., work in group or  in teams)

    Multicultural working skills

    Scientific thinking

    Scientific working methods

    Adequate language and communication skills (e.g.,  presentation skills)

    The importance of safety in electrical works

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exams and assignments

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course includes diagnostic, formative and summative assessments.

    The final grade of the course is based on the marks obtained from the examination (40%) and assignments (60%). The assignments include homework exercises, laboratory reports, quizzes and team work seminar.

    Oral and/or written feedback will be provided during the exercise tutorials, presentations and after the submission of written assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact sessions 26h

    Independent work 102h

    Examination 3h

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Time allocation (h)
    a. Contact teaching26
    i. Lecturing17
    ii. Exercise tutorials4
    iii. Team work seminar3
    iv. Laboratory exercises0
    v. Course examination3
    b. Independent work92
    i. Preparation for lectures51
    ii. Preparation for exercise
    iii. Homework exercises9
    iv. Preparation for the
    laboratory work
    v. Preparation of laboratory
    vi. Preparation for
    vii. Spontaneous work1
    c. Group work13
    i. Group working (meetings and
    simulation modelling)
    i. Group working (preparation
    for seminar presentation)
    Total time allocated131 h (4,91 cr)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts and literature

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The learning materials will be available in MyCourses for the enrolled students immediately after the starting of the course.

    The materials include theory handouts, lecture slides, laboratory guidelines, homework exercises, team work instructions and other relevant reading materials.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    There are no prerequisites.

    The course is open to all degree students at other Aalto Schools.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Registration via WebOodi

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to coronavirus pandemic, the course will be held remotely until further notice. The instructions on how to remotely attend to the course will be available in the course workspace in MyCourses for the students enrolled.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    15 Life on Land


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The details on the schedule will be published before the begging of the course in the main page of the course workspace in MyCourses.


Registration and further information