Design Lab


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Light + Energy Lab

Open to: all students
Parsons East Building, 25 E 13th St, Room 309   •   Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

Academic Year 2022-23 Update

Light and Energy Labs are open-use. See information below



Technician Consultation

For project setup and installation questions, please follow the link to the consultation button below:

Important: Please remember to cancel your consultation if no longer needed. This will allow your cohorts to access the lab. 

Reservation / Use Protocol

Students and faculty affiliated with all programs of SCE may access the light lab facility and the respective tools, equipment, and materials during scheduled lab hours. Specified blocks of time are available on a first-come, first-served basis for use regarding class period meetings or individual use outside of class.

SCE faculty teaching lighting studio courses have privileged access to the space. Other SCE faculty and students must submit requests to L+E Lab Technicians for consideration.  These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Time periods during SCE graduate studio course meetings (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm) are reserved for the MFA Lighting Design program only.  Special requests for access during these periods may be made but require special approval.

About the Light + Energy Lab

Platform Stepladder Training is required for access to this lab.

The Light + Energy Lab is a space designed for light manipulation to simulate sunlight effects on architectural models. This can be done using our two primary tools – the Diffuse Sky Simulator and the Heliodon. The DSS is a large chamber that can be used to analyze diffuse light conditions and daylight factor, while the Heliodon can be used to analyze direct sunlight on an architectural model. Staff and student technicians are available to assist you with the use of Heliodon and *DSS.

*DSS is currently under repair.

Lighting Design Students may borrow lighting and electrical equipment for a period of up to 1 week, or at the discretion of lab technicians. Visit during lab hours, or make an appointment to rent or return equipment. Requests made by non-Lighting Design students to rent equipment rental may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The lab is a resource for SCE classes, assuming demand can be accommodated within staffing limitations. To book a lab tour or to reserve lab time for your class, contact a lab technician with the requested time and a brief description of requirements (equipment, technician help, projector, etc…).
For class projects where students are intended to use L+E lab resources, L + E Lab staff encourages collaboration and coordination between course faculty on specific support needs. On a case-by-case basis, L+E lab technicians can set aside specific equipment, reserve lab time for the duration of a project, or further customize lab offerings to your class.

Featured Equipment and Tools

  •  Heliodon
  •  Diffuse Sky Simulator