Car Parks (Covered & Open)

Car parks should provide basic levels of visibility. Illumination levels must promote confidence and feelings of safety and security. Locating lighting above and between parked cars ideally, this is to eliminate potential hiding places within a carpark.

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Recommended Products For Car Parks



Zelos Bollard Weather and vandal resistant LED bollard with impressive light output

Specifically designed optics to provide up to 8 metre spacings on typical pathway applications (15 lux average and 0.25 uniformity).

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Brunel vandal resistant luminaire

High output vandal and weather resistant bulkhead.

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Parkalux Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting

Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting.

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Quadevo vandal resistant luminaire

Contemporary, robust bulkhead fitting with uniform light distribution and efficay of up to 105 luminaire lumens per circuit watt.

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Stylish family of luminaires from iGuzzini, one of our sister companies in the Fagerhult Lighting Group.

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Parkalux Angled Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting

Hard wearing angled vandal and weather resistant linear fitting.

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Stylish family of luminaires from iGuzzini, one of our sister companies in the Fagerhult Lighting Group.

by iGuzzini

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Best Practice Advice

Light distribution

Wide column spacing in outdoor car parks may be counter-productive in terms of light distribution. A higher quantity of lower output luminaires, more closely spaced, is often preferred.

Vertical illuminance must also be considered to ensure good facial recognition which instills a sense of personal security in spaces that may often be quite deserted. This form of illuminance also helps the effectiveness of CCTV recordings.

Light Spill & Pollution

Specific areas such as ticket machines, barriers, pedestrian walkways, and signage benefit from highlighting to allow easy location and wayfinding

Car parks are often close to local residences, therefore light spill and general light pollution should be carefully considered and minimised.

Vandal Resistance

Vandal resistance and high ingress protection are vital for luminaires specified in car park applications.

Car Parks

Technical Support

To light these areas a range of column, wall mounted luminaires and bollards may be appropriate with close attention paid to light spill. Reference should be made to BS EN 12464-1:2011 for indoor applications. As well as BS EN 12464-2:2014 which has guidance for outdoor car parking applications.

Calculated uniformity should be 0.4 for covered / 0.25 open but care should be taken to avoid, as much as possible, areas of deep shadow between vehicles by careful selection and positioning of luminaires

For further lighting advice speak to our technical sales team on 020 8254 2022 or e-mail

Lighting Controls

Using a lighting controls system can improve the quality of illumination, whilst reducing the energy consumption. Control systems allow the use of light in the required place, at the right time and in the optimum quantity. At Designplan we can provide control solutions for traditional switched applications and standalone luminaire operation, through to full networked systems utilising the DALI protocol.

PDF Lighting Guide

Our 24 page lighting guide identifies typical community and public applications, focusing on the principles of good lighting. We examine the benefits of the robust construction and lighting controls. This is to reduce the cost of ownership and carbon footprint. To download your copy click on the button below.

Why Choose Designplan?

Cost of ownership

  • Robust, long life lighting.
  • Competitive initial purchase costs.
  • Maintenance costs minimised.
  • No lamp changing required.
  • Reduced costs for access equipment.
  • Short lead times.


  • Enables areas to be divided into zones for economy and security.
  • Wireless control solutions will reduce installation costs.
  • Presence and daylight sensors reduce energy use.
  • Good illumination ensures safe, welcoming environment at all times.


  • Metal bodies and specially designed diffusers provide vandal resistance.
  • High ingress protection.
  • Corrosion resistant paint.
  • Weatherproof.
  • Removable gear trays enables quick and easy maintenance.

Carbon Footprint

  • Reduced light output when not required.
  • Highest efficiency luminaires for lowest energy consumption.
  • Minimised stray, wasted light.
  • Light trespass and pollution reduced to a minimum.

Community & Public Projects

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