Covered Platform

Covered Platforms lighting levels and uniformity must meet specific standards to ensure all relevant objects and surfaces are easily and immediately visible, whether the covered platform is empty or crowded.

Areas of concern include signage and identifying the edge of the covered platform as appropriate levels of horizontal and vertical illuminance must be balanced with the need to minimise glare. Ensuring a clear field of vision for the driver is vital. This allows effective processing of a visual signal prior to entering and exiting a covered platform.

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Recommended Products For Covered Platform (Transport)



Mission vandal resistant luminaire

Versatile lighting for urban and transport applications.

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Tuscan 89 vandal resistant luminaire

The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting designed to resist extreme physical attack.

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Flair vandal resistant luminaire

Robust vandal and weather resistant linear fitting for interior or exterior use.

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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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Parkalux Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting

Versatile vandal and weather resistant linear fitting

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Best Practice Advice

Luminaire Spacings

Whilst it may be tempting to space luminaires as widely as possible for reasons of economy, station platforms can experience sudden flurries of intense activity.

It is important that lighting takes fully occupied circumstances into account.

Sufficient Light

Lower output luminaires, more closely spaced, will help put sufficient light in the volume of the space. This helps when a platform is crowded.

Good illuminance on the vertical structure of the canopy can also go a long way to raising the perceived brightness of the whole covered platform setting.

Impact Resistance

All luminaires should incorporate higher levels of impact resistance than standard fittings, especially where they are accessible to members of the public.

Technical Support

Several standards have specific information on the interface between platforms, track and trains. This includes RIS-7702-INS Iss1 Rail Industry Standard for Lighting at Stations which refers to BS EN 12464-2:2014 and Railway Group Standard GI/RT7016 Issue Five Dated March 2014. These standards may take account of the likely numbers of passengers when setting lighting requirements.

When lighting a covered platform we would recommend 30 -100 lux average on the platform surface with a uniformity of 0.4 as per DFT Design Standards for Accessible Railway Stations. The illuminance range is dependent on usage and accessibility of the platform as per BS EN 12464-2. The platform edge requires a 20 lux minimum with 0.4 uniformity, which is in line with RIS-7702- INS standards. Where CCTV is used the design of the scheme and positioning of fittings must avoid conflict.

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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.

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Why Choose Designplan?


  • Better lighting improves accessibility.
  • Good lighting caters for times of high occupancy.
  • Lighting aids speedy recognition of signage.
  • Robust and reliable luminaires reduce downtime.


  • Photometrically efficient luminaires reduce energy consumption.
  • Purpose designed optics and light distribution improve performance
  • Light only where required, with no waste.
  • Fully dimmable and controllable.


  • Good lighting helps creates a welcoming ambience.
  • Promotes feelings of safety and security.
  • Lighting aids recognition of signage and orientation.
  • Uniform lighting helps eliminate areas of deep shadow.


  • LED luminaires are efficient with low energy consumption.
  • Economic lives of 50,000 hours or more.
  • Luminaires with removable gear trays make technology upgrades affordable.
  • Ongoing maintenance largely eliminated.

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