- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 19 Jun 2017
According to BRE’s The essential guide to retail lighting:
Illuminance is ‘The level of light on a surface; measured in lux (lx). Previously called the illumination value. It can be used as a reference measurement of the performance of a lighting system as related to the activity.'
It is measured in lux (lx), the ‘...SI unit (the International System of Units) of illuminance or amount of light on a surface. One lux is equal to one lumen per square metre (lm/m^2)’ where a lumen (lm) is the ‘...SI unit of luminous flux, describing the quantity of light emitted by a lamp or received at a surface.’
Average illuminance is ‘The illuminance averaged over a specific area. In practice, this may be derived either from an average of the illuminances at a representative number fo points on the surface, or from the total luminous flux falling on the surface divided by the total area of the surface’
Maintained illuminance is ‘Illuminance at the time when maintenance is expected to take place. Most values of illuminance that are quoted as applicable to a store, eg 500-1000 lx, refer to this value. The time taken to reach the maintained illuminance level would depend on the lamp types and application’.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Ballast or control gear.
- Colour appearance.
- Commercial lighting.
- Daylight benefits in healthcare buildings.
- Daylight factor.
- Daylight lighting systems.
- Dichroic reflector.
- Discharge lamp.
- Extra-low voltage lamps.
- General lighting v task lighting.
- Lamp efficacy.
- Light pollution.
- Lighting designer.
- Lighting energy numeric indicator LENI.
- Lighting of construction sites.
- Luminaire efficacy.
- Rights to light.
Featured articles and news
Rebuilding could take 20 to 40 years.
RSHP’s high-rise residential towers win a tall buildings award for excellence.
BSRIA study reveals strong growth in 2018.
Dame Judith Hackitt confirmed as keynote speaker – one year on from the Hackitt Report.
Save £100 on tickets.
Modern slavery in the construction sector.
What to bear in mind when claiming damages in construction.
How do we achieve sustainable clean-water infrastructure for all?
What you should know when appointing an architect.
A brief history plus some new developments.
How computational fluid dynamics (CFD) helps building design.
The Hong Kong Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS).
'Expressions of interest' for construction contracts.