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● • Gas and Light Level or Illuminance, is the total luminous flux incident on a surface, per unit area. The work plane is where the most important tasks in the room or space
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Pneumatics Illumenance is measured in foot candles (ftcd, fc, fcd) (or lux in the metric SI system). A
foot candle is actually one lumen of light density per
● • Insulation square foot , one lux is one lumen per
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● 1 lux = 0.0929 foot candle = 1
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lumen /sq meter = 0.0001 phot
● • Mechanics ● 1 ftcd = 1 lux / 10.752
● • Miscellaneous ● 1 lumen/sq ft = 1 foot candle =
1x10 4 lux = 1 phot
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Common Light Levels Outdoor

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● • Pumps Common light levels outdoor at day and night can be found in the table below:
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(ftcd) (lux)
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Sunlight 10,000 107,527
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Full Daylight 1,000 10,752
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Overcast Day 100 1,075

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The outdoor light level is approximately 10,000 lux on a clear day. In the building, in the area closest to windows, the light level
Temperature may be reduced to approximately 1,000 lux . In the middle area its may be as low as 25 - 50
lux . Additional lighting equipment is often necessary to compensate the low levels.

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1 Simple orientation for short visits 50 - 100
Working areas where visual tasks are only occasionally performed 100 - 150

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Detailed Drawing Work, Very Detailed Mechanical Works 1500 - 2000
miles Performance of visual tasks of low contrast and very small size for prolonged
2000 - 5000
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Performance of very prolonged and exacting visual tasks 5000 - 10000 E&P (Hart's E&P)
Performance of very special visual tasks of extremely low contrast and small
10000 - 20000
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