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New Guidance for Public Transport Lighting from SLL

A new lighting guide for transport related buildings has been published by The Society of Light and Lighting. “LG15: Transport Buildings” has been produced to assist lighting designers, architects and all those involved in the design of public areas of railway stations, bus and coach stations, airports and ferry and cruise terminals to create effective lighting schemes that combine safety with energy efficiency while enhancing overall passenger experience.

The guide is aimed at those who have some experience of lighting design but need a deeper understanding of the specific requirements of transport lighting applications. It will help clients commissioning designers by setting out key considerations for inclusion in the project brief. 

The guide has three parts: Part 1 focusses on general lighting considerations, including design priorities and design strategies; Part 2 details specific requirements for different building types and transport modes; Part 3 focusses on the specification of equipment including luminaires and control systems and the use of daylighting. It also covers requirements for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of lighting systems. 

Welcoming the new guide, David Burton, MEP Asset Manager for Rail for London said:

“There is wide range of standards and codes of practice directed at transport lighting, which can be bewildering to specifiers.  This guidance is valuable to specialists and others as it takes them through the considerations necessary to create effective solutions.  The transport environment is increasingly important because we travel more often, and secondary considerations such as retail opportunities must work as part of transport hubs.”

“All types of transport building should ensure safe and easy movement of those passing through the facility, boarding and alighting from vehicles and transferring between different modes.

Good lighting design significantly enhances the legibility of potentially visually incoherent spaces and enhances intuitive wayfinding for passengers who will often be unfamiliar with their surroundings.

LG15 contains clear strategies and recommendations for all designers working on transportation projects to improve passenger experience, reveal and enhance the architecture and create safe, visually stimulating lit environments for all user groups.” Keith Miler MSLL – GIA Equation Lighting Design. 
The new publication is the latest addition to the Lighting Guide series, published by the Society of Light and Lighting through the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Other guides in the series include: LG2: “Hospitals and Healthcare Buildings”; LG7: “Offices”; LG8 “Lighting for Museums and Art Galleries”; and LG13 “Lighting for Places of Worship”.

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