Lighting for Social Housing
The lighting of social housing, whether it be high rise blocks or homes for the elderly, poses numerous challenges. The lighting should provide enough illumination to ensure a safe and secure environment whilst being robust enough to withstand vandalism where necessary.
For housing providers reducing the energy load has to be a key goal in any project, the use of LED luminaires combined with lighting controls can offer substantial savings, particularly in communal areas where the occupancy levels are low.
Social housing providers also have to adhere to very strict emergency regulations which not only require emergency lighting to be functional at all times, but also necessitate monthly and yearly functional and duration tests on all emergency luminaires. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order failure to provide a compliant system and failure to regularly test and maintain it can result in prosecution for the employer or building owner who may face fines and imprisonment if convicted.