Experts gather for CPD-approved transport lighting event

LIGHTING experts are set to gather in London to discuss how lighting can contribute to delivering world-class transport and infrastructure.

Topics to be discussed at the CPD-approved one-day conference – organised by Lux – will include the new LG15 lighting guide and its recommendations, glare, light pollution and lighting for CCTV and security. Francesco Anselmo of Arup will explore the role that lighting can play in the Internet of Things, and the benefits and opportunities that this could bring.

Lighting has the potential to be the communication backbone of structural projects and with the right sensors, it opens up opportunities for a host of data-based services. However, the widespread deployment of the technologies present a variety of challenges.

The five-year £1 billion redevelopment of London Bridge railway station  is one of the exemplar projects explored at the Transport and Infrastructure conference. Picture: Diamond Geezer Photography via FlickrMedia Commons 2017 

The concept of emergency lighting for outdoor applications is also on the agenda. In an emergency, what do building occupants do once they have left the exit door? BS 5266 discusses safe passage to a muster point or a place of safety while the SLL Code to the Exterior Environment document recommends that in brightly lit areas, the minimum illuminance should be greater. The speakers, Alan Tulla of Lux and Theo Paradise-Hirst of ChapmanBDSP, will look at how we can incorporate this concept into real-life projects.

The conference will look in-depth at three exemplar projects. The architect Stuart Grahn of Grimshaw will discuss the practice’s acclaimed London Bridge railway station project, a sophisticated blend of daylight and artificial light.  Juan Ferrari of Hoare Lea will share his experience of being responsible for the lighting design of large scale airport projects such as Heathrow T2A & B and the new Istanbul Airport.

Asset management and testing is becoming a major issue in infrastructure projects. Most lighting columns and high masts are in public areas so their structural integrity must be monitored, recorded and maintained. Allan Howard of WSP and Peter Harrison of the ILP will outline what is considered an appropriate test and inspection regime for exterior lighting.

A panel will discuss the controversial topic of colour temperature, light levels and mesopic vision.  Is everyone on the same page? As BS 5489 allows us to use lower illumination levels when using cool light sources, should we automatically drop light levels? What’s the relationship between colour temperature and mesopic vision? What’s an appropriate and acceptable colour temperature for exterior applications? Our panel of leading experts consider these questions. The panellists will include Alan Tulla of Lux, Alistair Scott of Designs for Lighting, Peter Wasmuth of Network Rail and Steve Fotios of University of Sheffield.


  • The Lighting for Transport and Infrastructure conference takes place in London on Thursday 22 February 2018. Places are free of charge to those responsible for street lighting assets. To view the programme and register, click HERE.


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