Subways and underpasses can often be associated with “a fear of crime”. Good lighting can help alleviate feelings of uncertainty when using such enclosed spaces.
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Best Practice Advice
It is particularly important that subways and underpasses are well lit and feel appropriately bright, with a managed transition of illuminance from adjacent areas. Where restricted lines of sight exist, the lighting should be designed to help eliminate any dark spaces.
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Subway and underpass lighting may well be on 24 hour operation and could also be subject to unwelcome attention in the form of vandalism. Good lighting inspires confidence and helps discourage criminal behaviour.
BS 5489-1:2013 specifies 350 lux during the day, with controls to allow 100 lux at night. These lighting levels take account of the different transition requirements at day or night whilst providing the light levels required to ensure feelings of safety and security.
Vertical illuminance must also be considered to ensure good facial recognition and help the effectiveness of CCTV recordings. Lighting vertically onto surfaces can also help spaces feel less oppressive and more welcoming.
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