From the exterior, the lighting design for the Penn State Solar Decathlon home will support the connection between the inside environment and out. Higher brightness inside surfaces will help reinforce the form of interior spaces and create a level of transparency with the exterior. The luminaires will incorporate glowing natural patterns that will unite the natural environment with the interior architecture. As one progresses into living space, the luminaire aesthetic will reflect a transformation from simple and natural patterns to contemporary and sleek forms and materials.
The concept of Natural Fusion is supported through the integration of lighting into the architectural forms of the home, varying luminaire aesthetic (from outside in), daylight abundance, and occupant control. While supporting the overall design concept, the lighting design of The Pennsylvania State University Solar Decathlon Home also provides quality lighting that creates a visually pleasing environment and comfortable living space.