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:

Plan and design lighting installations and settings

Design, analyse and program lighting control systems

Perform lighting cost calculations and life-cycle analyses

Explain the factors involved in the assessment of lighting quality, energy efficiency and visual performance

Debate on the influence of light on health and well-being

Differentiate between visual and non-visual aspects of light

Classify and describe the various optical phenomena of the interaction between light and matter

Outline the influence of light on plant growth and development

Compare, evaluate and analyse the technical aspects and design criteria in lighting applications

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 01.06.2021

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 (applies in this implementation):

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 control; lighting costs and life-cycle analyses (LCA); lighting quality and energy efficiency; visual performance in lighting; light and well-being; non-visual aspects of light; optics; horticultural lighting; colorimetry; lighting design and applications

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exams and assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact sessions 26h

    Independent work 108h

    Exams 3h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts and literature

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-E8700 Principles and fundamentals of lighting (recommended)

    Both ELEC-E8700 and ELEC-8701 courses are open to all degree students at other Aalto Schools.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    2 Zero Hunger

    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



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