With a limited amount of time spent outside, natural light inside helps support human health and aids visual stimulation. The trend is for education blocks, especially in newly built custodial facilities, to be bright and utilise natural light in conjunction with the benefits of lighting control.
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Custodial lighting best practice advice
Good quality lighting results in increased performance, concentration and wellbeing. All things that are crucial for learning wherever the educational setting. This is especially important where the rehabilitation of the prisoner is the primary objective.
LED lighting is ideal as it eliminates the risk of distracting bad-lighting factors such as poor illumination, glare, flicker and colour imbalance. LED lights do not flicker or buzz when close to the end of their perational life, and they remain brighter for longer.
Robust luminaires are required in applications such as libraries and class rooms to provide a safe yet noninstitutional feel to development areas.
Luminaires installed in custodial education blocks should include daylight sensors to control the level of artificial light. These light fittings can then remain unlit when natural light levels are adequate, also helping reduce energy and running costs.
Section 19 of the Estates Directorate technical standard STD/E/SPEC/018 sets out a range of standards custodial luminaires must comply with. Prison education blocks are flexible spaces so we recommend 500 lux at desk height as recommended by CIBSE LG5 and BS EN12464-1:2011. Vertical illuminance should also be considered.
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Best practice lighting guide
Our 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.