This work deals with the equation of radiosity, this equation describes the transport of light energy through a diffuse medium, its resolution enables us to simulate the presence of light sources. The equation of radiosity is an integral equation who admits a unique solution in realistic cases. The different methods of solving are reviewed. The equation of radiosity can not be formulated as the integral form of a classical partial differential equation, but this work shows that the technique of domain decomposition can be successfully applied to the equation of radiosity if this approach is framed by considerations of physics. This method provides a system of independent equations valid for each sub-domain and whose main parameter is luminance. Some numerical examples give an idea of the convergence of the algorithm. This method is applied to the optimization of the shape of a light reflector.