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Visual lighting design

Visual lighting design


To support visual acuity by setting a threshold for adequate light levels and requiring luminance to be balanced within and across indoor spaces.

The owner must provide a compliant lighting system throughout the entire building, including all tenant spaces. Access to tenant spaces is required to conduct testing during Performance Verification, however, lighting provided by the tenant is excluded.

Where Feature 53 specifies "the horizontal plane" as "0.76 m [30 inches] above finished floor" this also applies to the horizontal plane at standing desks, for instance 1.12 m [44 inches] as an estimate.

No. While the lights in the space must meet the lux levels referenced in this feature, dimming capability is not required.

Only the ambient light levels in Part 1a are measured during Performance Verification. The project team should perform calculations to verify that task lights (if required) produce the necessary levels of illumination, but these details do not need to be submitted for review.

No, this feature does not require lighting to be dimmable, but does allow the project to dim lights in the presence of daylight. In order to confirm compliance during Performance Verification, the interior lighting would need to meet the lux/foot-candle requirement without the help of daylighting.

Brightness management contrast is evaluated by the WELL Assessor by reviewing the professional narrative submitted as part of documentation. There are no specific parameters the project must meet, but the professional narrative must demonstrate that brightness contrast conditions are factored in. For general guidance on typical contrast ratios, projects may refer to ANSI/IES American National Standard Practice for Office Lighting (RP-1-12).