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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 26, 2012

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Architecture 201: Illuminating Basement and Garage Dwellings

Architects are known for spending lots of effort placing and sizing windows. But many spaces have limited daylight available. We explore the theory and practice behind providing ample illumination in otherwise dark spaces.

• From the foundations:

Lighting Design Basics by Mark Karlen, James Benya, and Christina Spangler, Wiley, 2012.

The Architecture Of Light: A textbook of procedures and practices for the Architect, Interior Designer and Lighting Designer by Sage Russell, ConceptNine, 2008.

• We build to specifics of residential areas:

The Home Lighting Effects Bible: Ideas and Know-How for Better Lighting in Every Part of Your Home by Lucy Martin, Firefly Books, 2010.

Studio Lighting Anywhere: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Lighting on Location and in Small Spaces by Joe Farace, Amherst Media, 2011.

• And then narrow to basements and garages:

Basement Ideas That Work: Creative Design Solutions for Your Home by Peter Jeswald, Taunton Press, 2007.

Ultimate Guide to Basements, Attics & Garages: Plan, Design, Remodel by the editors of Homeowner magazine, Creative Homeowner, 2007.

• With an ending on the topic of how to light the ultimate dark room, a theater:

Stage Lighting Design: The Art, the Craft, the Life by Richard Pilbrow, By Design Press, 2000.

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