This article about entrance lighting in strata buildings and improving safety in the car park has been provided by Tracey Wyber, Trackie Industries.
Question: Are there any rules about the lighting of driveways or entrance lighting in strata buildings? Does the lighting have to stay on all night?
Answer: There are rules as set out in AS 1680 regarding car park driveways and entries that help transition the lighting level upon entry and reduces the effects of blinding.
Yes! There are rules as set out in AS 1680 regarding car park driveways and entries.
In basic terms, Australian Standards: AS 1680 specifies 800 lux for the first 15 meters of a car park entrance during the day and 160 lux at night, followed by 160 lux for the next 4 meters at all times. This helps transition the lighting level upon entry and reduces the effects of blinding.
This post appears in Strata News #276.
Car Park Lighting: Get Compliant & Improve Safety
Make your car park entry compliant
Smart controls and good car park design plays a vital role in protecting vehicles and more importantly their human cargo. Most people don’t link road safety issues and good car park lighting together. One of the most common design failures can be seen in the entry and circulation lanes near the front entrance.
Temporary blinding due to strata building’s car park entrance lighting
When entering a car park, a driver’s eye must adjust quickly, adapting from the bright daylight conditions to the darker car park environment. This transition can lead to temporary blinding, making it difficult for the driver to react to obstacles or pedestrians. Car park entrances can often be located in high pedestrian areas, this temporary loss of clear vision is enough to create serious injuries.
Car park entrances have often been neglected in the design process and as a result, owners or managers of car parks can potentially face large litigation claims if accidents occur at entrances or exits where poor lighting has contributed to the accident.
One of the most common design failures can be seen in the entry and circulation lanes near the front entrance. The Australian standards AS 1680 specifies 800 lux for the first 15 meters of a car park entrance during the day and 160 lux at night, followed by 160 lux for the next 4 meters.
Install a car park entry system that uses a twilight sensor to assess the outside light levels to communicate with a smart control lighting system that automatically adjusts the lighting levels to 800 lux in the day time and 160 lux at night.
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This post appears in Strata News #255.
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