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BS 5266-1:2016

The latest BS5266 gives details for different types of buildings and their use and now gives illuminance levels for specific locations within a building. It explains that emergency lighting is for use in a power cut and adds the need to illuminate not only the immediate area outside an exit door but also to a place of safety. It also gives guidance on glare & how to avoid it.

Basic Design Principles

Points of Emphasis - The sitting of Luminaires

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High Risk Areas

Location

Minimum Illuminance

Reference Plane

Kitchens

15 Lux

Horizontal on working plane, switches and cut-outs readily visible

First Aid Rooms

15 Lux

Horizontal on working plane

Treatment Rooms

50 Lux

Horizontal on working plane

Refuges

5 Lux

Horizontal on floor, vertical at wall mounted communication devices and sign

Plant rooms, switch rooms & emergency winding facilities for lifts

15 Lux

In plane of visual tasks

Fire alarm control and indicating equipment

15 Lux

In plane of visual tasks

Reception areas

15 Lux

In plane of visual tasks

Panic bars & pads or security devices

5 Lux

Horizontal on plane of panic bar/pad, vertical at vertically mounted/wall mounted security devices

Swimming pool surrounds and diving areas

5 Lux

Horizontal on floor and treads