External and perimeter areas of social housing 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.
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Best Practice Advice
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 is vitally important as
external lighting is often running for
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.
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.
Using a lighting control system can improve the quality of illumination as well as reduce 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.