A guide to lighting outdoor car parks
Lighting within car parks plays a number of essential roles. Not only does it aid the safety and security of those using the car park, but it also helps drivers locate their vehicle and pedestrians move comfortably around the often-tight locations.
It may seem straightforward to illuminate a car park, but a high level of planning and design is required to make it work. Here, our Applications Manager, Nick Johnson, offers some advice for lighting outdoor car parks.
Choose the appropriate lighting level
Determining the right lighting level can be complicated. However, by basing the decision on how busy a car park is – or how busy it has the capacity to be – this will start to build a picture of the required light levels. This can be split into light, medium or heavy traffic. To put this into context, heavy traffic would be a busy shopping centre, such as Bluewater. Furthermore, the type and location of a car park should also be considered.
The different lighting levels required in a car park are also covered under the British Standards BS 5489‑1:2020 and BS EN 12464. A summary of the requirements for exterior car parks is shown in the table below.