Every location has its own unique lighting requirements. When it comes to elevator lighting, this area has its own unique considerations that need to be addressed. Below are a few suggestions of how to choose the best elevator lighting for your location.
Regardless if an elevator is in an apartment building, government headquarters, or a corporate location, certain lighting regulations must be met to comply with local and state requirements. So, you need to check out the codes before starting to look at lighting.
After you have met the requirements of all regulations, you can then start looking at solutions that would be appropriate for your application. Typically, elevators are small spaces, so you want to avoid as much extra heat as possible to maintain a comfortable environment. You should avoid the use of incandescent bulbs since they produce more heat than light. Fluorescent would be a better choice due to the fact it produces more light than heat when compared to incandescent. However, we recommend using LED lamps. LED provides the best solution in no to low heat emissions, while offering a great return on lumen to wattage ratio.
In addition to addressing the heat factor, you also need to look at color temperature. You want a color temperature that is comfortable for the eyes. For example, if it is too bluish white, it will be uncomfortable for the eyes, whereas it is too warm or yellow, it will make the interior of the elevator seem dingy. We recommend staying in the middle ground of the Kelvin scale, such as 3500-4000K.
If you have a large building where having an elevator is a necessity, you need to pay close attention to utility costs. An ideal way to implement an efficient plan is to choose LED over other options, since it uses less energy for lower utility costs. We recommend using lamps in sections. For example, operate alternating rows of light fixtures within the elevator and shut off the intermittent rows of lights, which will help extend the life of your lamps since they will be used half as often and are giving a break from constant usage.
Like in other areas of public buildings, having emergency lights installed is a crucial element. You should have emergency lighting wired so in the event of a power outage the lights will remain lit, which will help keep those inside the elevator calm until power is restored. Even though red lights were typically the option used, many locations are staying away from red tones of light since they can induce panic. Instead, we recommend that you set your emergency lights to a cool white instead.