The development of lighting technology came along with that of artificial light sources. The design of the quantity and quality of light in a technical, programmed and non-empirical way is recent, even if as a matter of fact we could speak of lighting technology since the Baroque times, when architecture and light as a scenographic element were strictly connected.
However, in that case, it was an intuitive lighting technology, linked to the experience acquired by the artist-architect and his sensitivity. Moreover, other extremely technical disciplines, such as statics and building science, have only been developed in their theoretical foundations in recent times.
The increasing development of light sources with the consequent creation of an extremely wide range of lighting fixtures has contributed to transforming a marginal component of the project into a completely autonomous discipline for experts.
Lighting technology derives its fundamental principles and proportions from photometry, a discipline that studies light as a result of the stimulus produced on the human eye.
The implementation of a lighting project doesn’t require only technical knowledge but also the understanding of a catalogue of light sources, the correct choice of the lighting device to be used according to the lighting mood you want to create and the analysis of the operating costs required.