CIBSE is an acronym for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers; a London based professional engineering association who act as the authority on best practice in the engineering & construction industry.
One of many aspects that CIBSE oversees in building services is that of lighting and lighting design. They provide guidelines for appropriate exterior and interior lighting levels, this is measured in lux.
Lux levels are a very precise measure of illumination and CIBSE use these measures to quantify the minimum recommended amount of illumination for a given application. These applications can vary drastically and as such have very different lighting requirements, which are recognised in the CIBSE guidelines.
The CIBSE guidelines are very specific, so much so that a corridor’s recommend lux level differs depending on what kind of establishment it is in. Below is a table previewing a select few of the recommended lux levels for various applications, the diversity of environments is testament to how specific these guidelines are. Before undertaking any lighting project it is highly recommended that you familiarise yourself with these guidelines and consult with a qualified professional.
For more information please do contact our lighting design team.