Lighting within rail is governed by an intricate series of regulations. So, how do specifiers improve stations, comply with the latest standards and keep up with the latest trends?
Fast paced and efficiency driven, today’s transport network’s main goal is performance (improving capacity and customer experience) and safety. In this ‘How-to’, our rail lighting experts share their observations and knowledge to create a quick guide to rail lighting best practice:
“Open Platform” lighting is typically provided by lanterns mounted on 5m or 6m hinged columns.
Spacing of columns
Older installations where traditional lamped lighting is being upgraded to LED, often need to retain their existing columns (or the same positions and spacings): which are typically between 10m – 15m.
With newer installations columns can be installed with wider spacings: in excess of 20m is achievable.
Uniformity and lighting levels (Lux)
This value is dependent on the station usage and footfall from a National Hub Station to small unstaffed stations. It is based on BS12464-1:2011.
Colour temperature and CRI
Lighting is a significant factor in wayfinding around stations.
Ensure the colour temperature is fit-for-purpose.
4000K is the most widely specified. A high CRI light source should be used especially where CCTV is installed.
Be mindful that modern LED lighting has the potential to incorporate a range of functions – with the ability to be flexible, responsive and controllable to need, where required.
Glare – think driver!
This is a very important consideration when lighting platforms. Any glare needs to be minimised particularly in the driver’s line of sight.
Lighting should clearly look like lighting – extra care should be taken to avoid lighting being mistaken for signals.