Subways and underpasses can often be associated with “a fear of crime”. Whilst subways may not necessarily be relevant in all station settings, passengers can have feelings of uncertainty when using such enclosed spaces, which lighting can help alleviate.
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Best Practice Advice
It is particularly important that subways are well lit and feel appropriately bright, with a managed transition of illuminance from adjacent areas. Where restricted lines of sight exist, the lighting should be designed to help eliminate any dark spaces.
24 Hour Operation
Transport subway lighting may well be on 24 hour operation and could also be subject to unwelcome attention in the form of vandalism. Good lighting inspires user confidence and helps discourage criminal behaviour. It is therefore particularly important that lighting is especially robust and requires little in the way of maintenance.
Standard BS EN 12464-1:2011 specifies 100 lux for subways between platforms for large numbers of passengers. However, the accessible Code of Practice Version 04 – March 2015 suggests a level of 150 lux, with clear directional information. With different advice being offered we recommend complying with BS 5489- 1:2013
Whilst not specific to railways BS 5489-1:2013 specifies 350 lux during the day, with controls to allow 150 lux at night. These lighting levels take account of the different transition requirements at day or night whilst providing the light levels required to ensure passenger feelings of safety and security
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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