The lighting of residential accommodation, whether that be homes for the elderly or halls of residence for students, poses numerous challenges. The main functions of lighting within these areas is to promote a safe and secure environment whilst being robust to withstand vandalism and also to create a visual environment which is attractive and to avoid looking ‘institutional.’
The first impression of a building should give the user a feeling of safety and security. The luminaires should be aesthetically pleasing whilst providing functional light to ensure a safe transition between the interior and exterior.
In circulation areas safety is the primary concern. Extra care should be given to provide adequate illuminance with uniformity to prevent shadowing and dark areas and the use of good vertical illuminance will increase the feeling of safety amongst the residents. The luminaires in these areas should achieve 100lux to be in line with regulations. As these areas are lit for long time periods energy consumption can be high, Steon offer energy efficient lighting solutions which can be used in conjunction with sensors to ensure the areas are lit when necessary and either dimmed or off when no presence is detected. The communal areas need to provide means of escape and will require emergency lighting.
These areas should provide a warm and welcoming environment for residents to interact and relax, to achieve this our lighting designers may consider recommending 3000K colour temperature luminaires. Social areas should have an even uniformity and an overall lux level of 150. As residents spend a large amount of time in these social areas it is important the luminaires are aesthetically pleasing.
Kitchenettes and Utility Areas
The lighting of these areas should provide an average illuminance of 150 lux. Kitchenets and utility areas can be unoccupied for some time, so occupancy sensors can be installed here to avoid wasting energy.