Association Areas

Landings, corridors and general association areas can need high levels of illumination during the day, which may not be required at night. Daylight harvesting, separate switching of luminaires, dimming or presence detection can be used to reduce energy usage.

Recommended Products

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Recommended products for association areas



Quadrant vandal resistant luminaire

Vandal resistant bulkhead fitting for wall or ceiling mounting. Zinc coated steel body with opal polycarbonate diffuser held against the gasket by tamper proof screws.

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Tuscan 89 The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting

Linear luminaire designed to resist extreme physical attack which is suitable for wall and cornice mounting.

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Duomo vandal resistant luminaire

Robust circular bulkhead suitable for wall or ceiling mounting.

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Linilux General purpose robust linear luminaire, with high efficacy

General purpose robust linear luminaire manufactured with a heavy gauge steel body, suitable for ceiling mounting.

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Parkalux Angled Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting

Hard wearing angled vandal resistant linear fitting, suitable for wall and cornice mounting.

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Best Practice Advice

Energy Saving LED Upgrades

If lighting controls can not be used, to modify lighting levels and reduce energy consumption, then upgrading to LED lighting can instantly save energy.

Custodial luminaires with a removable internal gear tray enable quick and simple technology upgrades, without the expense and inconvenience of replacing an entire light fitting.

Avoiding a “Logistical Nightmare”

In a custodial environment moving prisoners to other locations, so that building work can be undertaken, can be a logistical nightmare.

By quickly and simply upgrading existing luminaires to LED, utilising replacement gear trays, the installed lighting will use less energy and run for longer – reducing ongoing maintenance.

Specific Lighting Requirements

Association areas are usually supervised. However luminaires with high IK and IP ratings prevent physical attack or the luminaire being used as a weapon. “Low flicker” is also an important requirement as it is likely CCTV will be used in these areas.

Emergency lighting

Association areas may also need to incorporate emergency lighting. For more information CLICK HERE.

Association Areas

Technical Support

In association areas, just as with other custodial applications, lighting must be physically robust, tamper resistant and built in such a way that items cannot be hidden within them. As a minimum, we would recommend an IP rating of IP54. Lighting needs to be of good uniformity and a minimum of 200 lux. When illuminating stairwells, consideration should be given to contrast between adjacent areas and surfaces.

As prisoners can congregate together in areas such as walkways, landings and stairs it is a requirement that fixtures are not capable of being used as weapons. Lighting should be securely mounted to the wall, and tamper proof screws incorporated to prevent prisoners from exposing live parts.

For further lighting advice speak to our technical sales team on 020 8254 2022.

Why Choose Designplan?

Cost of ownership

  • Robust, long life lighting.
  • Removable gear trays make technology upgrades simple and affordable.
  • Programmable lighting levels for differing times of day.
  • Enables areas to be divided into zones for economy and security.


  • Specifically designed test rig and MoJ spec prison cell in our UK factory.
  • “Fit for purpose” application experience.
  • Installed lighting CE certified again, following LED retrofit upgrade.


  • Robust luminaires resist damage, minimising intervention.
  • Low energy luminaires reduce ongoing costs.
  • Short lead times.
  • Presence and daylight sensors reduce energy use.


  • Made in Britain.
  • Significant sector experience.
  • Site surveys to suggest ways installed lighting can be upgraded to LED.
  • Project management team.

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