CIBSE RECOMMENDED LIGHTING LEVELS

The below table provides a helpful guide to the CIBSE recommended lighting levels for the most common premises types.  Remember, this is a guide and any specific building requirements need to be carefully considered.  If in doubt, consult an expert!  Mount Lighting can provide advice on the correct lighting solution for any application, drawing on our decades of experience in the lighting sector.

 

 

AreaRecommended Lighting LevelAreaRecommended Lighting Level
Offices
General500 luxDrawing office500 lux
Computer work stations300 – 500 luxDrawing boards750 lux
Filing rooms300 luxCAD design areas300 – 500 lux
Print rooms300 lux
Retailing
Small retail outlets500 luxDIY superstore1000 lux
Supermarkets750 luxGarden centres500 lux
Hypermarkets1000 luxShowrooms500 – 750 lux
Engineering
Tool shops300 – 750 luxHeavy machine assembly300 lux
Arc welding300 luxInspection and testing500 – 2000 lux
Spot welding500 – 1000 lux
Banks & building societies
Counter offices500 luxPublic areas300 lux
Staff areas
Changing rooms & toilets100 luxRestaurants & canteens200 lux
Restrooms150 lux
Kitchens
Serving & washing up areas300 luxFood stores150 lux
Food preparation & cooking500 lux
General areas
Entrance halls & lobbies200 luxGatehouses200 lux
Enquiry desks500 lux
Circulation areas
Lifts100 luxAtria50 – 200 lux
Corridors & stairs100 luxAtria with plants500 – 3000 lux
Escalators/Conveyors150 luxEntrances/Exits200 lux
Communication
Switchboards300 luxPost rooms500 lux
Building services areas
Boiler house100 luxMechanical plant rooms150 lux
Control rooms300 luxElectrical plant rooms100 lux
Distribution & storage
Loading bays150 luxTrade counter500 lux
Unpacking & sorting200 luxWarehouse/Bulk Stores100 lux
Large item stores100 luxPacking & dispatch300 lux
Small-item stores200 luxCold stores300 lux
Places of public accessibility
Churches & village halls300 lux

 

Lighting Levels for Hospitals

Lighting levels for hospitals and health care centres are specialised and complex, seek guidance from the C.I.B.S.E guide for interior lighting.  These levels are based on the C.I.B.S.E guide for interior lighting and cover only the most common applications.

 

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