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One of the key ambitions of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is to improve functionality in the custodial estate and make better use of technology.

The introduction of Video Conferencing Centres (VCCs) have introduced a significant expansion of video capability. VCCs aim to provide a standardised, consistent and high quality user experience to prisoners, operational staff and the external caller.

VCCs require lighting of high quality, particularly to meet specified light levels. Lighting that controls glare, but also adequately lights vertical surfaces including the faces of the user, is especially important. Uniformity is also a key consideration and should not be less than 0.7 between the minimum and average standard maintained values at the working plane.

Quiet operation of LED luminaires will ensure there is no “buzzing” or noise disturbance. Lighting should be vandal resistant, as with other custodial applications, and require little in the way of maintenance.

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The internal lighting levels for VCCs need to be designed to the CIBSE Code for Lighting Guide 5 (LG5), Guide 7 & 9 (LG7 & LG9), British and MoJ standards as laid out in HMPPS’s VCC design guide. This document specifies LED luminaires as the preferred light engines.

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