Lighting in transport areas

More and more people depend on public transport and therefore many of the hours of the day are spent in transport areas, either to go to work or to move for leisure, to visit friends or family.

But we must not forget those people who carry out their work in these areas, so a good way to guarantee their comfort and their effectiveness to perform a good service is through lighting.

A good way to start is to use the European Standard UNE 12464-I, which requires a minimum of lighting that maintains a Color Rendering Index of Ra 80 or higher.

If we takerailways and subways as an example, the recommendation of Ra 80 is the same for waiting rooms and ticket and baggage offices and somewhat lower (Ra 40) on platforms and passenger underpasses. In practice, and with the current trend to convert large railway stations into shopping and leisure centers, the application of lighting with the Color Rendering Index Ra 80is as advisable as in commercial premises or at fairs and exhibitions.

A subway or train station, an airport or a bus station are places of concurrence and in constant movement, in this way the lighting must facilitate accessibility, comfort and safety of users and workers both at rush hour and during the moments of less circulation.

In all common areas of a airport, from arrival halls to customs and passport control counters, passing through the air traffic control tower, an Ra 80 is recommended, varying according to the area Maintained luminescence or Color Temperature. The reasons are obvious: comfort and visual health, ease of locating and locating points of interest and safety.

For example, if we talk about areas such as underpasses and platformswhere we wait for the arrival of our train or metro, the lighting can reachRaor IRC 40.

In access areas such as the main entrance, the regulations require a minimum level 150 lux measured at ground level and the lighting will be at least 40 lux higher than the surrounding lighting levels, and with a neutral-cold color temperature to avoid leaving dark or shady spaces.

Stairs and ramps, both mechanical and fixed, European regulations require a lighting level of at least 150 lux measured on the floor and a color temperature of 4000K.

In the part of thesinksor toilets, all toilets must have devices with light signals for emergencies.

In the waiting areas of the platforms. The regulations foresee that about 15 minutes before the arrival of the trains and up to 5 minutes after their departure, it has a minimum illumination of 20 lux, measured at ground level, with a minimum value of 10 lux.

Solutions we can offer you


  • Characteristics of the luminaires. These must be robust and resistant to temperature changes and guarantee easy and simple maintenance.
  • Solid lines. Ideal for entrance ceilings and ticket or ticket area.
  • Led tubesreplace conventional lighting promoting lower consumption, they turn onautomatically and above all they do not flicker.
  • The LED strips are ideal for the handrails, columns and edges of the walls that provide a special touch to this type of space that is usually somewhat impersonal.
  • The Spotlightsand projectors. They are suitable for highlighting and highlighting certain areas, and providing the entrance area or waiting rooms with personality.
  • Outdoor luminaires and projectors. Outdoor areas need specific outdoor luminaires with adequate IP and IK to guarantee resistance to water, dust and possible impacts.
  • Presence Detectors. the light level is activated when it detects a presence and raises the illumination level to 300 lux but when it does not detect people it is dimmed to a level lower than 150 lux.
  • Sensors linked to natural light. In open entrances, this type of sensor allows the intensity of light to be increased or decreased according to the existing natural light.
  • Most used regulation and control systems. These are dimmable luminaires with dimmable ballasts, the Dali, DSI, 0-10V or DMX protocol.

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