Social Housing Lighting (External & Perimeter)

External and perimeter areas of social housing lighting applications are often seen as just a “means to an end”. Yet their importance shouldn’t be underestimated as they ensure a pleasant, welcoming and secure environment.

Recommended Products

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Recommended Products For Social Housing (External & Perimeter)



Zelos Wall Elegant and versatile bulkhead for wall mounted perimeter applications

Elegant and versatile bulkhead for wall mounted perimeter application.

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Quadrant vandal resistant luminaire

Vandal and weather resistant bulkhead fitting for wall or ceiling mounting.
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Gateline Emergency luminaire

Wall mounted LED luminaire, with minimal upward light, designed for typical external balconies or walkways.

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Duomo vandal resistant luminaire

Stylish and robust circular bulkhead.

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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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Wall Mount Quad Surface weather and vandal resistant fitting ideal for exterior applications

Surface weather and vandal resistant fitting ideal for exterior applications.

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

Weather and vandal resistant LED bollard with impressive light output of 100 lm/W.

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Best Practice Advice

Lighting Quality

Good lighting inspires feelings of safety and security for residents and helps discourage criminal behaviour. It is important that lighting in external and perimeter applications is especially robust and requires little in the way of maintenance.

Installed lighting needs to withstand
extreme weather conditions and
incorporate emergency and control functions to ensure luminaires can cope with any situation.

Luminaire Life Expansion

Integrated presence detectors turn off luminaires, or reduce light output when a particular area is not occupied. Using lighting controls can also help to extend the life of a luminaire as it is not always operating at a high output level.

Energy Saving

Energy saving is vitally important as
external lighting is often running for
long periods.

LED luminaires use less energy than
equivalent fluorescent fittings and require much less maintenance. This
can result in a reduction of around
50-60% on electricity bills. Lighting controls can reduce energy and running costs still further.

Luminaires installed in external areas of social housing environments.

Technical Support

When it comes to lighting external and perimeter applications glare must be kept to a minimum. We recommend that the main beam angle is not more than 70°.

Higher mounting heights also enable lower main beam angles, which can not only reduce glare but limit light pollution into neighbouring areas. Lighting levels should conform to CIBSE LG9 and BS EN 12464-2:2014.

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

Lighting Controls

Using a lighting control system can be beneficial in various ways. Because this improves the quality of illumination, as well as the reduction of 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 robust construction and lighting controls to reduce your cost of ownership and carbon footprint. To download your copy click on the button below.

Why Choose Designplan?

Cost of ownership

  • Energy efficient lighting solutions with long operational life.
  • Competitive initial purchase price.
  • Short lead times.
  • Comprehensive warranty.
  • Removable gear trays ensure technology upgrades are affordable.


  • Monitors movement and natural daylight to reduce use of artificial light.
  • Saves energy & lowers carbon footprint.
  • Extends the life of a luminaire.
  • Tailor made solutions available.
  • Individual luminaire controls through to full remote monitoring systems.


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

Carbon Footprint

  • Photometrically efficient luminaires reduce energy consumption.
  • Purpose designed optics and light distribution improve performance.
  • Light only where required, with no waste.
  • Fully dimmable and controllable.

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