How to design lighting for transport buildings

The Society of Light and Lighting has published the latest edition of its lighting guide for transport buildings such as railway stations and airports.

LG15 has been produced to assist designers working within transport environments to create effective lighting schemes that are energy efficient and enhance the passenger experience. The recommendations are aimed at those who have some experience of lighting design but need a deeper understanding of the specific requirements of transport lighting applications. The SLL says the publication is also useful for clients commissioning designers, as the guide sets out key considerations which could form part of a working brief.

‘Lighting design requires many factors to be taken into account, and it is therefore necessary to follow the text from start to finish, in order to understand the criteria appropriate for a particular environment, and to understand the tasks that need to be considered’ says the SLL. 

Across the range of transport systems and building types covered there are fundamental issues common to all, and the majority of the guidance is provided under the title ‘general design considerations’.

The guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the relevant British Standard for each application, which will specify the quantitative lighting requirements and the SLL Code for Lighting, which provides further information on how to interpret these recommendations and implement them in practice.

The guide covers all public areas of transport buildings and their related access environments such as airport terminal forecourts and railway station platforms. In staff areas used for operational purposes, where specific tasks require a particular lighting treatment, the requirements which differ from the general recommendations of the SLL Code for Lighting are specified.
 

The modes of transport included in the guide are:

Rail: both conventional surface, underground and light rail, including tramways with street running

Road: bus and coach stations, including transport interchanges, coach stands at service areas and roadside stops

Air: arrival and departure buildings and forecourts, terminal check-in and security areas, customs and baggage reclaim, lounges, movement routes and gate areas including automated ‘people mover’ transit systems

Water: ferry and cruise terminals and associated quayside areas and piers.


Guidance is also given in respect of the interface between road and rail vehicle lighting and the transport installations they serve. The Lighting Guide includes reference to the exterior lighting requirements of BS 5489 and emergency lighting as defined by BS 5266.

For CIBSE members, the PDF version is free and the printed book version is £40. For non-members, the PDF version is £68 and the printed book version is £80

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