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Basic Principles of Lighting Design for Airports

Basic Principles of Lighting Design for Airports

Lighting Design in AirportsWhen it comes to creating a well-lit and comfortable lighting for an Airport there a quite a few things to consider. It’s important to understand the unique needs of keeping an airport well lit and inviting for those traveling and working.

There are also FAA guidelines that must be followed when it comes to installing lighting both inside and outside of the airport. All of these factors make selecting the right fixtures and lamps a challenge for airport lighting designers.

While this short article can’t possibly provide you with everything you need to know, we’ve done our best to cover the basics.

– Visual Comfort

Lighting designers have a responsibility to create atmospheres that are not only comfortable, but reduce issues such as harsh lighting and glare. A good lighting designer will be knowledgeable as to levels of luminance required to provide comfortable and safe lighting.

When it comes to lighting design for airports, excessive luminance is best avoided. This is because glare and harsh lighting can make reading signs and instructions difficult. Often the effects of bad lighting may go unnoticed by a building’s visitor – however they have a real impact. The designer’s job is to provide a comfortable environment for working and traveling.

– Lighting and Security

Good airport lighting design always takes security into account. Lighting in all airport areas should comply with all FAA regulations and directions. This lighting should provide adequate illumination, that is free from as much shadow as possible.

There are also fixture height and dimension requirements. Areas such as parking lots and loading areas, must also be well-lit and safe. The intensity of the lighting shouldn’t have an adverse effect on airport operations or the ability of security cameras to operate properly.

Perimeters should be well-lit so t CCTV equipment can operate optimally and provide a full field of view of all areas. These cameras need to be from hindrance caused by glare and other obstructions.

– Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient lighting is an important element of modern lighting design. Traditional incandescent light burns too much energy. However, there’s a wide range of newer lighting equipment that provides good light, for a much lower cost.

It’s estimated that energy consumption can be cut nearly in half, by using energy efficient bulbs. These new lighting options can include LED’s, Halogen Incandescent lighting, and Compact Fluorescent.

These bulbs come in a variety of hues, including warm yellows that mimic the qualities of sunlight. Also, newer lighting options are in full compliance with energy-saving guidelines that have been in effect since 2012.

Providing excellent lighting is more of an art form than it has ever been. Which is why it’s important for a lighting designer to be knowledgeable as possible about innovations in industrial lighting design.

Newer standards and practices are regularly enacted by federal and professional agencies like the IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America). Your local lighting equipment supplier should make it part of their job to help you create the best lighting design for airports and industrial areas.

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