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Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Lighting books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook (2010)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListComprehensive. Detailed. Practical. Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, is a friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting, including the lamp operator, rigging crew, gaffer, best boy, or director of photography. This handbook offers a wealth of practical technical information, useful techniques, as well as aesthetic discussions. The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook focuses on what is important when working on-set:…
Author(s): Harry Box

2. Human Factors in Lighting, Third Edition (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListThe availability of electric lighting has changed the lives of people the world over, yet as a major user of electricity it has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. This scrutiny has focused largely on the environmental consequences, with little consideration of the benefits of lighting. restores some balance to the discussion by examining the ways in which people interact with lighting. These interactions influence the ability to perform visual tasks; the perception of people, objects, and spaces; human comfort and behavior; as well as…
Author(s): Peter Robert Boyce

3. Lighting Design Basics (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListLighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility. Covering more than 25 different design scenarios with in-depth rationale for proposed solutions, this book provides insightful distribution diagrams, floor plans, and details for lighting installation and construction….
Author(s): Mark Karlen, Christina Spangler, et al.

4. Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListAutomated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights, Third Edition (formerly Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light) continues to be the most trusted text for working and aspiring lighting professionals. Now in its third edition, it has been fully updated to reflect the vast changes in stage and studio luminairies―including LEDs, switch-mode power supplies, optics, networking, Ethernet-based protocols like Art-Net and sACN, wireless DMX, and much more. Its written in clear, easy-to-understand language and includes…
Author(s): Richard Cadena

5. Concert Lighting: The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting (2016)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListConcert Lighting: Tools, Techniques, Art, and Business Fourth Edition provides readers with an updated look at how to succeed in the complex world of concert lighting design and technology. The authors have reorganized the book into three comprehensive and thoroughly revised sections, covering history, equipment and technology, and design, and containing new information on LED technology, pixel mapping, projection options, media servers, automated lighting, solutions for moving lights, DMX, and Ethernet problems, and designer communication and collaboration. This book also explores the cross-media use of concert…
Author(s): James Moody, Paul Dexter

6. The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit (The Focal Press Toolkit Series) (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListWhat are the do’s and don’ts of being a good assistant lighting designer? What are focus tapes, and how do I use them? What is the best method for creating a magic sheet? What should be found in every assistant’s kit? How do I make that first important leap into this professional career? Answer these questions and many more with The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit. This definitive guide unlocks the insider-secrets used to succeed as a professional assistant lighting designer (ALD) – whether choosing assisting as a career or while…
Author(s): Anne E. McMills

7. Lighting for Interior Design (Portfolio Skills) (2012)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListWithout light, interior architecture cannot be fully designed and experienced. It is one of the key tools for an interior designer, but can be a dauntingly technical subject for students. This book takes a detailed, practical look at lighting in interior design, giving students all the key information and skills they need to be able to tackle lighting successfully in their designs….
Author(s): Malcolm Innes

8. Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting (2015)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListPhotographic lighting is a topic that will never go out of style, no matter how sophisticated cameras and other technology get. Even with the most high-tech gear, photographers still need to put a lot of thought and vision into lighting their photographs in order to get great results. This key skill has the power to dramatically and quickly improve photographs. Light Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light, with examples and instructions for practical application. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to…
Author(s): Fil Hunter , Steven Biver , et al.

9. AVP 100 Bundle 2018: Motion Picture and Video Lighting (Volume 3) (2018)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListLighting is at the heart of filmmaking. The image, the mood, and the visual impact of a film are, to a great extent, determined by the skill and sensitivity of the director of photography in using lighting. Motion Picture and Video Lighting explores technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It covers not only how to light, but also why. This revised edition of Motion Picture and Video Lighting is the indispensable guide to film and video lighting. Written by an experienced professional, this comprehensive book explores light and color theory, equipment, and techniques to make every scene look its…
Author(s): Blain Brown

10. Designing With Light: The Art, Science and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListDesigning With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design is a comprehensive introduction to the intelligent use of lighting to define and enhance a space. The book explores all aspects of the process, including aesthetics, technology, and practicalities, in a clear, concise manner designed to provide the reader with a full working knowledge of lighting design. Color illustrations throughout demonstrate the real-world effects of the concepts presented, and the companion website offers video animations and exercises to better illuminate the art and science of…
Author(s): Jason Livingston

11. A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting (2013)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListIn the first edition of , Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that go on before the light plot is finalized and ready to go to into the shop, even dealing with cutting the plot in half.In this third edition, Shelley throws the door wide open and shows step-by-step how to construct every lighting system in the Hokey light plot. Combining his diacritical analysis, killer drafting, and analytic use of the Slinky Method and Slinky Calculations, he…
Author(s): Steven Louis Shelley

12. Fundamentals of Lighting: Studio Instant Access (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListFundamentals of Lighting, 3rd Edition, takes an integrated approach to the study of lighting and design. Topics include lighting system basics, lighting and the design process, human factors, sustainability, global issues, regulations, business practices, and the LEED building certification program. Purchasing or renting this ISBN does not include access to the STUDIO resources that accompany this text. To receive free access to the STUDIO content with new copies of this book, please refer to the book + STUDIO access card bundle ISBN 9781501320927. #527,996 in…
Author(s): Susan M. Winchip

13. Fundamentals of Lighting: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListFundamentals of Lighting, 3rd Edition, takes an integrated approach to the study of lighting and design. Topics include lighting system basics, lighting and the design process, human factors, sustainability, global issues, regulations, business practices, and the LEED building certification program. 319 pages #875,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1740 in Interior Design #72 in Interior Design Reference #49 in Interior Lighting Design Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Susan M. Winchip

14. The New Lighting for Product Photography: The Digital Photographer’s Step-by-Step Guide to Sculpting with Light (2019)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListIn the Internet age, shoppers often don’t have the advantage of touching or feeling an item in order to make a logical buying decision regarding. The same is true on menus; we have to decide whether or not to order that fancy drink or dessert based on a photograph of it. This makes the job of photographers more important than ever―without the right photos, even the best product won’t sell in today’s marketplace! In this book, photographer Allison Earnest shows you how to design images to contain all the information about color, depth, shape, and texture that…
Author(s): Allison Earnest

Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some lighting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Lighting the Eye of the Dragon. Inner Secrets of Taoist Feng Shui

Author(s): Baolin Wu, Jessica Eckstein
ID: 2329846, Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: April 2000, Size: 28 Mb, Format: pdf

Graphene for flexible lighting and displays

Author(s): Lee, Tae-Woo
ID: 2481344, Publisher: Woodhead Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution

Author(s): Harry C. Box
ID: 2507738, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 28 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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