The design and usage of circulation spaces and corridors varies widely, but they need to be illuminated for safety and ease of use. Signs and notice-boards should be well-lit so they are clearly visible and easy to read. Good vertical illumination allows faces to be recognised easily.
Extract from CIBSE: SLL Lighting Handbook 2018
|Recommended maintained illuminance (lux)
|100 lux on floor with uniformity 0.4
200 lux on floor with uniformity 0.4
Some areas may need a higher level, depending upon the use of the space
|100 lux on general floor with uniformity 0.4 , 200 lux in front of lift doors
|100 lux horizontal
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The emergency lighting standard, BS 5266-1, recommends a minimum illumination level of 1 lux along the centreline of a corridor.