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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeLG02/08
  • Number of pages96
  • Publication DateNov 2008
  • ISBN9781903287996

LG02 (2008) (inactive)


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LG02 (2008) (inactive)


This is a superseded edition of SLL Lighting Guide 2, published in 2008. This is made available for archive use only and the file is named and watermarked accordingly.

This edition is superseded by the 2019 edition, which can be found here.


This edition of the Lighting Guide LG02 replaced the previous 1989 version. It has been produced to ensure that the Society of Light and Lighting's guidance is up to date with modern lighting practice and to illustrate varying ways of lighting the modern hospital environment. Illumination recommendations have been aligned where appropriate with European Standards on lighting and the Society of Light and Lighting's Code for Lighting.


Part A: General recommendations

1.  Design considerations
1.2.Lighting and colour

Part B: Specific recommendations
2.  General

3.  Public areas
3.1 Entrances
3.2. Entrance canopies
3.3. Entrance halls, waiting areas and lift halls
3.4. Lift cars
3.5. Reception and enquiry desks
3.6. Hospital streets, general corridors and stairs
3.7. Dining, cafeteria and breakout areas
3.8. Changing rooms, cubicles, toilets, bath, wash and  shower rooms
3.9. Wards and general clinical areas
3.10. Bedded (ward) areas, general
3.11. Ward lighting: technical requirements
3.12. Examination lighting
3.13. Deep plan wards
3.14. Specialised wards
3.15. Ward corridors

4.  Clinical areas and operating departments (general)
4.1. Operating theatres
4.2. Operating theatre table luminaire
4.3. Viewing facilities
4.4. Ultra-clean air ventilation enclosures (UCV)
4.5 .Ancillary areas within operating departments

5.  Specialised areas
5.1. Accident and emergency units (A&E)
5.2. Audiology
5.3. Clean areas (sterile units)
5.4. Dentistry
5.5. Diagnostic (electro-medical) equipment rooms
5.6. Examination rooms
5.7. Hydrotherapy pools
5.8. Maternity/neonatal units
5.9.  Medical records
5.10. Mortuaries
5.11. Occupational and physiotherapy units
5.12. Ophthalmology
5.13. Pathology laboratories
5.14. Radiotherapy
5.15. Sterilising and disinfecting units
5.16. X-ray and imaging departments

6.  Health centres and stand-alone facilities

7.  Exterior lighting
7.1. Roadway lighting
7.2. Sign lighting
7.3. Car parking
7.4. Pedestrian ways
7.5. Spill lighting
7.6. Security lighting
7.7. Helicopter landing pads

8.  Emergency lighting
8.1. Escape route lighting
8.2. Standby lighting
8.3. Associated mains lighting
8.4. Type of luminaire and mounting height
8.5. Testing

9.  Light sources
9.1. Daylight and daylighting
9.2. Types of light source
9.3. Lamp life and lumen maintenance
9.4. Lamp control gear

10.  Construction and operation of luminaires
10.1. Dust-borne infection
10.2. Noise
10.3. Electrical safety
10.4. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC
10.5. Luminaire and installation maintenance

11.  Lighting controls
11.1. Function of control systems
11.2. Energy efficiency and good design practice
11.3. Types of control



Appendix A1: Sample work sheet (DEER)
Appendix A2: Luminaire installation/maintenance schedule


Author: Nicholas Bukorovic (Healthcare Lighting Ltd)

Task group
Chair: Nicholas Bukorovic (Healthcare Lighting Ltd)
Members: Michael Ball (Capita Symonds); Hilary Dalke (Kingston University); Nigel Davill (Brandon Medical Company Ltd); Graeme Dell (Cableflow International Ltd); Richard Hayes (42 Partners Ltd); Chris Holme (Department of Health (GR & EFD); Graham White (Cooper Lighting and Safety Ltd)