ROAD LIGHTING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The booklet describes how to reduce the environmental impacts due to visual intrusion from road lighting, and shows how such reductions are being achieved for trunk road lighting in the UK. It aims to encourage positive thinking by all those involved in the design and installation of road lighting and its equipment. Measures to reduce the impact of road lighting should directly relate to specific adverse effects and should take more care with schemes proposed in environmentally sensitive areas, which include national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty, sites of special scientific interest, wildlife sites, parks, historic urban centres, important modern buildings, residential areas, and 'dark landscapes'. Precautions should also be taken against 'sky glow'. To minimise its adverse daytime appearance, road lighting should be as inconspicuous as possible; its columns, brackets, and lanterns should be designed in harmony. The relevant aspects of night lighting are the appearance and colour rendition of the light source (preferably high-pressure sodium lamps), the direction (which should be downwards) and intensity of the emitted light, and the positioning of the lanterns. The booklet also discusses arrangement of lighting columns, continuous appearance, and a recommended framework for proposing lighting schemes.

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    DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, ENGLAND

    NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DRIVER INFORMATION DIVISION, 2 MARSHAM STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  SW1P 3EB
  • Publication Date: 1993

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-11-551553-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM