Subways and Underpasses

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.

Recommended Products

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Recommended Products For Subways & Underpasses



Tuscan Trunking Versatile trunking system, with a variety of options available, to provide safe illumination of corridors, walkways and landings

The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting

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Bastion vandal resistant luminaire

Slim, strong bulkhead for both interior and exterior applications.

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Tuscan 89 The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting

Versatile trunking system, with a variety of options available, to provide safe illumination of corridors, walkways and landings.

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Mission vandal resistant luminaire

Versatile lighting for urban and transport applications.

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Curve VR linear luminaire

Reinforced fitting for surface ceiling mounting.

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Stromma Robust vandal and weather-resistant IP65 rated modular lighting system

Robust vandal and weather-resistant IP65 rated modular lighting system offering continuous linear illumination.

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Tuscan 88 vandal resistant luminaire

The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting.

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Best Practice Advice

Illuminance Transition

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.

Lighting Maintenance

It is therefore particularly important
that lighting is especially robust
and requires little in the way of

Lighting Purpose

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.

Subways and Underpasses

Technical Support

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.

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 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.

Why Choose Designplan?

Cost of ownership

  • Robust and durable luminaires are essential.
  • Fully sealed luminaires simplify cleaning.
  • Reduced maintenance costs and energy consumption.
  • Competitive initial purchase costs.


  • Programmable lighting levels for differing times of day.
  • Presence detection reduces energy use and enhances feeling of safety.
  • Minimises stray, wasted light.
  • RGBW colour changing options create dynamic lighting effects for surfaces.


  • Specialist diffusers and metal bodies provide high vandal resistance.
  • High ingress protection.
  • External finishes of luminaires are highly resistant to degradation.
  • Removable gear trays enables quick and easy maintenance.

Carbon Footprint

  • LED luminaires lower energy consumption.
  • Lighting controls can further reduce energy use.
  • Easy to clean luminaires help maintain light output.

Community & Public Projects

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