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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1966
  • pp: 343–349

A Study in Street Lighting Reflector Design

William B. Elmer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 343-349 (1966)

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The solution to a problem in asymmetric reflector design for illumination is described. Working backward from a required rectangular and nonuniform light distribution pattern, the reflector geometry is arrived at by a combination of calculus and geometric construction. The central curve is computed from the general reflector equation lnR = tan (θd/2) , the integration being performed on an approximate matching function or graphically. The off-center contours are then obtained by means of an original drafting-board construction which is described, and the complete reflector shape is thus defined.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 19, 1965
Published: February 1, 1966

William B. Elmer, "A Study in Street Lighting Reflector Design," Appl. Opt. 5, 343-349 (1966)

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