403. Better Homes and Gardens. Using Color and Light. Des Moines, IA:

Meredith Corp., 1985. 140 pp. Index, B/W illus., color illus. ISBN 0-


    This beautifully illustrated book of fashionable interiors from the

early 1980s includes a brief introduction to color theory, terms, and

standard color harmonies and shows the effect of light on color. While

many of the color plans rely heavily on neutrals, some are chromatic. From

a major publisher in the do-it-yourself home decorating field, this book is

aimed at the general reader and shows the practical application of color


404. Birren, Faber. Light, Color and Environment. 2nd rev. ed. West

Chester, PA: Schiffer, 1988. 136 pp. Index, bibl. B/W illus., color illus.

ISBN 0-88740-131-7.

    This book is essentially a revised, expanded, and updated version of

some of the information presented in Birren’s New Horizons of Color. It

discusses the physical and psychological effects of color, with application to

architecture and interiors and recommendations for color usage in homes,

hospitals, schools, and other types of buildings. The revised edition

includes a new eight-page chapter on facilities for computers.

405. General Electric Company. Light and Color. Nela Park, Cleveland, OH:

General Electric Company, TP-119, Large Lamp Department, 1968. 31

pp. R/W illus., color illus.

    This 1968 edition presents a well-illustrated overview of the

fundamental principles of light and color for general readers. The

discussion of the nature of light includes light and energy, light sources,

and the color spectrum while the discussion of the nature of color outlines

what color is, seeing color in objects, and color in light sources. The

psychology of color section covers color perception and color associations.

The color vision section surveys eye functions, day-night vision, color

deficiencies. Seven visual illusions are described and illustrated. An

introduction to colorimetry includes Ostwald and Munsell systems, ISCC-

NBS and C. I. E. systems. Diagrams showing spectral energy distribution

are a special feature of the section on electric lighting. Although newer

versions of this publication exist, this remains highly readable, concise, and

the most comprehensive edition.

406. Jones, Tom Douglas. The Art of Light and Color. New York: Van

Nostrand-Reinhold, 1972. 119 pp. B/W illus, color illus.

    Although historic background information on color and light, and on

additive and subtractive color mixing is given, the author’s main purpose is

to present four color instruments that he devised and built to assist in the

study of color. He sees application of his instruments to display,

merchandising, photography, interior design, psychotherapy, and the fine

arts, and includes discussions of lumia, mobile color, light, and projections.

This work is interesting from a historic viewpoint; however, the instruments

and approach have not achieved common usage.

407. Lightolier Inc. Lessons in Lighting: A Basic Course. Jersey City, NY,

1982. Variously paginated. Index, bibl., glossary, B/W illus.

    This loose-leaf notebook produced by a manufacturer of lighting

products consists of 24 three-page lessons that briefly summarize lighting

concepts and conclude with references and study questions. Lessons cover

vision, color and light sources, use of lighting, and technical information

about electricity and maintenance of lighting systems. The format of this

instructive overview breaks complex information into manageable


408.  Mahnke, Frank H., Rudolf H. Mahnke. Color, Environment, and

Human Response.  An Interdisciplinary Understanding of Color

and its Use as a Beneficial Element in the Design of the

Architectural Enviroment. New York: John Wiley 1996. 234 pp.

Index, bibl., B/W illus, color illus. ISBN  0-471-28667-2

    In the first of  two main parts, the author discusses factors

that influence human response  in the environment, indoors and outdoor.

He offers research based information that should be useful to a wide range

of professionals, including those who make color decisions for schools and

hospitals. In the second part he provides information on what he

calls color fundamentals. In sixteen chapters he discusses the nature of

color, psychophysiological effects of color, color associations, vision and

light, and offers specific guidelines for use of color in offices, hospitals and mental health hospitals, industrial work environments, schools,

food and food service, and color for exteriors. Sixteen pages of

color plates with 42 photos with captions are bound in the center of the

book, far from the discussions. The photos are of color designed interiors

and exteriors in Europe or the American West where Mahnke maintained a

color design studio. The interesting unannotated bibliography includes 148

items published through 1994, including references to the work of Heinrich

Frieling in German, and many journal articles. Color and Light in Man-

Made Environments, published by the same authors in 1987, anticipates

much in this book.