Car parks lighting should provide basic levels of visibility. Illumination levels must promote confidence and feelings of safety and security.
Ideally lighting should be positioned over and between parked cars, in an attempt to eliminate potential hiding places.
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Best Practice Advice
Effective Light Distribution
Wide column spacing in outdoor car parks may be counter-productive in terms of light distribution. A higher quantity of lower output luminaires, more closely spaced, is preferred. Specific areas such as ticket machines, barriers, pedestrian walkways, and signage benefit from highlighting.
Glare and Light Spill
Car parks are often sited immediately adjacent to the tracks. A lighting solution must consider and mitigate potential glare to drivers. Similarly, car parks are often close to local residences, so light spill and general light pollution should be carefully considered and minimised.
High IK and IP Ratings
Vandal resistance and high ingress protection are vital for luminaires specified in car park applications.
Reference should be made to BS EN 12464-1:2011 for indoor applications. BS EN 12464-2:2014 has guidance for outdoor car parking applications.
To light these areas a range of column, wall mounted luminaires and bollards may be appropriate with close attention paid to light spill.
Calculated uniformity should be 0.4 for covered / 0.25 open but care should be taken to avoid, as much as possible, areas of deep shadow between vehicles by careful selection and positioning of luminaires.
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.
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