Stairs And Footbridges

Stairs and footbridges may be open, enclosed and of varying construction. Good lighting can go some way towards maximising safety and capacity. Lighting should highlight the walking surfaces, treads and risers.

It should also help create sufficient contrast between adjacent surfaces for maximum visibility, whether sparsely or fully occupied.

Recommended Products

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Recommended Products For Stairs & Footbridge (Transport)



Flair Micro Slim linear lighting solution for accent

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Zelos Wall Elegant and versatile bulkhead for wall mounted perimeter applications

Elegant and versatile bulkhead for wall mounted perimeter applications.

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Tuscan 89 The market leading weather and vandal resistant fitting

The marketing leading robust luminaire designed to resist extreme physical attack.

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Flair Angled vandal resistant luminaire

Angled vandal and weather resistant fitting for interior or exterior use

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

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Best Practice Advice

Quality of Lighting

Lighting from each side can give sufficient directional quality of light. Equal highlighting of horizontal treads and vertical risers on the stairs is important whilst maintaining the natural lit contrast between the two. Luminaires mounted at low level can minimise troubling glare. Care should also be taken to minimise glare to train drivers and dispatchers.

Mounted Luminaires

Lighting could also be provided by column mounted luminaires either around the bridge or mounted on it, or a combination of both. Care should be taken to achieve suitable levels of uniformity

High Resistance to Degradation

In many situations, lighting could be fully exposed to the elements, making high IP rated luminaires essential. Moreover, for longevity and to minimise costs, the external finishes of luminaires should be highly resistant to degradation.

Technical Support

There are some differences in recommended levels across standards. EN12464-2:2014 calls for 50 or 100 lux in outdoor applications dependant on passenger numbers. Whilst the Rail Industry Standard calls for 100 lux on footbridges and 150 lux on stairs.

In our experience 150 lux throughout is often selected for covered applications. BS 5489-1:2013 calls for 15-30 lux outdoors and 150 lux for enclosed areas. In all cases due consideration should be given to contrast between adjacent areas and surfaces.

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.

PDF Lighting Guide

Our 32 page lighting guide identifies typical overground rail applications, focusing on the principles of good lighting. We examine the benefits of robust construction and lighting controls to reduce your cost of ownership and carbon footprint. To download your copy click on the button below.

Why Choose Designplan?


  • Good lighting aids safe use of stairs and bridges.
  • Potential bottleneck areas can be used at full capacity.
  • Robust lighting resists damage and reduces downtime.
  • Aids accessibility.


  • Controls reduce energy consumption in response to daylight and occupancy.
  • Highest efficiency luminaires.
  • Minimised stray, wasted light.
  • Reduced light trespass and pollution.


  • Uniform lighting for safety, even when crowded.
  • Slip and trip hazards clearly illuminated.
  • Improved accessibility.


  • Robust luminaires essential for maximum operational life.
  • Minimised maintenance requirements.
  • Reduce costly downtime.

Transport Projects

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