U.S. Courts Design Guide
Additional lighting design strategies for courthouses include:
Dimming in designated spaces lit by fluorescent fixtures requires
nonstandard, dimmable ballasts and more expensive dimmer controllers.
Banks of fixtures with multiple switching, individual lamps, or separate
circuits of incandescent fixtures are less expensive.
In lieu of large, expensive fixtures to highlight or emphasize significant
architectural features, use indirect fluorescent fixtures or wall-washer down
Examine the need for extending the lighting quality level of public spaces into
secondary corridors or less-populated building spaces and reduce the quantity
of light fixtures for these areas.
Courtroom lighting requirements require a collection of light sources and
fixtures. Courtroom lighting cannot be achieved by downlights alone.
Lighting levels required for security video cameras depend upon the camera's
low-light sensitivity. Cameras that require low light levels to achieve a high-quality
image will reduce lighting requirements; however, inadequately distributed lighting can
create shadows that low-light cameras cannot overcome.