Open Platforms

The combination of open train platforms and covered platforms present two specific challenges. Firstly, ensuring there are no dramatic changes in illuminance level.

Secondly, ensuring the character of light along the platform remains consistent. LED luminaires make it feasible to have almost identical light sources in both undercover lighting and pole-top solutions.

Recommended Products

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Recommended Products For Open Platforms (Transport)



Tuscan 2 Robust weather and vandal resistant bulkhead fitting

Robust weather and vandal resistant bulkhead fitting. Can be mounted on short posts, platform walls or fencing.

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Zelos Wall Elegant and versatile bulkhead for wall mounted perimeter applications

Elegant and versatile, low glare bulkhead product for wall mounted perimeter applications.

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Tuscan 89 The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting

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

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Stylish family of luminaires from iGuzzini, one of our sister companies in the Fagerhult Lighting Group.

by iGuzzini

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We offer a range of columns including tubular, conical and hinged.

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Best Practice Advice

Platform Activity

Open platform use can vary rapidly from sparse occupation to busy activity. It is important that the lighting takes all circumstances into account. It may be tempting to stretch luminaire spacing to the maximum.

However, this will result in lengthened shadows and areas of light and dark, potentially compromising visibility.

Column Mounted Solutions

For column mounted solutions, the
correct balance of mounting height
and spacing will help alleviate any
potential issues.

An alternative to column mounted
lighting could be to provide lower
level lighting from the rear edge of
the platform.

Minimise Light Spill and Glare

Luminaires mounted close to the
platform surfaces being illuminated,
helps in efficiency terms. This form of
lighting can also help minimise intrusive light spillage and minimise glare.

Accessible luminaires must be highly
robust with high ingress protection
and vandal resistance ratings.

Technical Support

RIS-7702-INS Iss1 Rail Industry Standard for Lighting at Stations mentions the importance of the transition between open and covered platforms. Reference should also be made to BS EN 12464-2:2014 and Railway Group Standard GI/RT7016 Issue Five Dated March 2014.

When lighting an uncovered platform we would recommend 10 to 50 lux average on the platform surface, with a uniformity of 0.3 to 0.4.

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, which is in line with RIS-7016-INS standards. Where CCTV is used the design of the scheme and positioning of fittings must avoid conflict.

For further lighting advice speak to our technical sales team on 020 8254 2022 or e-mail

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?


  • Circular product design for easy upgrade, repair and end of life recycling to minimise waste.
  • Stray wasted light should be minimised with light trespass and pollution strictly controlled.
  • Fittings made efficiently from recyclable materials with a short supply chain.


  • Good lighting encourages use of the entire platform.
  • Common light sources give consistent lighting quality between open and covered areas.
  • Robust and reliable luminaires reduce downtime which would negatively effect journey time and customer satisfaction.


  • Accessibility enhanced by uniform lighting of the entire platform.
  • Glare free highlighting of signage and displays aids wayfinding.
  • Smart cameras, microwave and PIR sensors can combine to optimize passenger flow & safely guide customers around the platform.


  • Ongoing maintenance is largely eliminated further to long life 70,000 + hour operation.
  • Our 60 year experience in the railway lighting sector ensures we are a long term partner who can be relied upon.

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