Lighting the Way

High quality lighting in railroad stations can create a sense of safety, security and professional service. This article addresses the importance of good lighting and describes new technologies for lighting. In a small unstaffed station, good lighting helps passengers feel safe. In a large mainline station, the right lighting highlights architectural details and retail offerings. Passengers feel that bright, uniform lighting means that if an incident happens they will be spotted. Uniformity is important, because even a lit area can appear to be dark as the eye adjusts to it coming from a brighter area. Creating uniformity of light can be a technical challenge since station approaches, forecourts, platforms and parking lots should all have a level of uniformity. The ability to use attractive fittings with differing lighting properties can be key to lighting the railroad station spaces. A reflector system is available that allows one fitting type to be used throughout a project but with different light distributions. Three dimensional modeling software allows lighting designers to predict the performance of light fittings and to adjust their height to ensure uniformity. Good design can reduce the number of fittings required and reduce the on-going costs of lighting. This can be reflected in terms of the electricity used to power lights and the amount of maintenance required. With a lifetime of 50,000 hours and requiring no relamping, light emitting diode technology offers strong competition to the prevailing lamp technology. Making the best of existing lighting equipment while redesigning with new can keep the costs of a refurbishment program at a minimum. Even simple measures, like relamping and cleaning the glassware on light fittings are noticed positively by customers. Good lighting design that takes in the best of both the latest and older technologies can make marked improvements to the network.


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  • Accession Number: 01142635
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2009 10:06PM