Police Stations & Law Courts

Police stations and law courts require weather resistant luminaires for the exterior of the building through to vandal resistant, task specific lighting for internal areas such as the booking desk, holding cells, interview rooms and public facilities such as court rooms.

Recommended Products

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Recommended products for police stations and law courts



Tuscan 89 vandal resistant luminaire

Linear, weather resistant luminaire designed to resist extreme physical attack and is suitable for wall and ceiling mounting.

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Basilica extreme robust luminaire

Contemporary and robust bulkhead with an efficacy of 115 luminaire lm/W and no ligature points to help prevent self harming.

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Quadratum G2 vandal resistant luminaires

Recessed or surface mounted sealed luminaire suitable for use in tough environments. Provides excellent light distribution and integrates within various ceiling types.

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RDL G2 vandal resistant luminaire

Recessed downlight suitable for secure accommodation, designed to fit into a 215mm cut-out.

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Ligature free, vandal resistant cornice LED luminaire for police custody suite cells. Night light and DALI as standard. Options include integral 3-way cable management, sensor and corner camera units.

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Best Practice Advice

External Lighting

High ingress protection ratings are essential for the external lighting. To ensure longevity, and minimize costs, the paint finishes of luminaires should be highly resistant to degradation. Where restricted lines of sight exist, the lighting should be designed to help eliminate any dark spaces.

Internal lighting

Internally, the lighting must be designed to comply with very specific task requirements. These include undertaking a breathalyser test, taking fingerprints and conducting searches. See technical support for more information.

Holding Cells

Holding cells in law courts and police custody suites require vandal resistant lighting because occupants are unsupervised for the majority of their in-cell time. They can also be in an aggressive state and prone to violence. As a result, cell lighting must be able to withstand extreme physical abuse, requiring high IK ratings, and resist repeated tampering attempts.

Optimum Visual Comfort

Designplan luminaires incorporate the latest optical designs for the highest efficiency and optimum visual comfort. Illumination in directly adjacent areas should also be taken into account to create a comfortable transition between spaces. Controls can be used to ensure that the lighting is energised only as required.

Emergency lighting

Emergency lighting will need to be specified in certain areas. In addition, easy maintenance and quick and simple LED upgrades are vital.

Lighting for Police Stations & Law Courts

Technical Support

Specific technical and lighting requirements are set out in the Home Office Police Custody Suites Design Guide, standard number STD/Z/DG/078. Selected illumination levels should be in accordance with the criteria set out below.

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

Corridor (detainee accessible)150-300 lux at floor level
Holding rooms150-300 lux at 750mm above the floor
Charge room (desk)500 lux at floor level (front of charge desk)
Offices and breathalyser rooms350 lux at 750mm above the floor
Search room350 lux at floor level
Photo / fingerprint area350-550 lux at 750mm above the floor.
Interview and medical rooms350 lux at 750mm above the floor.
WCs and store rooms100 lux at floor level
150-300 lux at 750mm above the floor

Cleaning/inspection/visually impaired:
300-500 lux at 750mm above floor

Night inspection:
15 lux at floor level
External7 lux at floor level (footpaths & walkways)

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 LED technology upgrades are affordable.


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


  • Metal bodies and specially designed diffusers provide vandal resistance.
  • High ingress protection.
  • Tamper proof fixings.
  • Removable gear trays enable quick and easy maintenance.


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

PDF Lighting Guide

Our 24 page lighting guide identifies typical custodial applications, focusing on the principles of good lighting. We examine the benefits of robust construction, standards compliance and specific design requirements including anti-ligature luminaires for “safer” cell applications. To download your copy click on the button below.

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