Courtroom Lighting Criteria Evaluation
Task 1 Report
Columbia, South Carolina (Perry)
The lighting design for the Perry courthouse includes a vaulted ceiling. The vaulted ceiling
is uplit by linear fluorescent coves on each side. There are supplemental tungsten-
halogen downlights in the vaulted ceiling that provide directional downlight on task
surfaces. At the perimeter of the room, which has lower ceilings, compact fluorescent
downlights supplement the scheme.
While the wood finishes in this room are one of the darkest of the courtrooms surveyed,
they only cover the lower portion of the wall. This allows for better distribution of diffuse
light into the room, and a transition of contrast between the walls and the ceiling.
Lighting Control Scheme
The lighting control in this courtroom is provided by a scene-set dimming system. Pre-set
scenes are programmed into the control system, which can be selected by a controller at
No access to daylight is provided in the courtroom.
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