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Road lighting and pedestrian reassurance after dark: A review

Fotios, S; Unwin, J; Farrall, S; (2015) Road lighting and pedestrian reassurance after dark: A review. Lighting Research & Technology , 47 (4) pp. 449-469. 10.1177/1477153514524587. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper concerns road lighting for pedestrians and how this aids reassurance, their confidence when walking alone after dark. Evidence from past studies that lighting enhances reassurance is supported by the findings of an unfocussed approach that aimed deliberately to avoid focus on lighting or fear, thus to counter the unintended potential for focussed, quantitative methods to lead towards such a finding. Review of the characteristics of lighting suggests an optimum illuminance of 10 lux, of high S/P ratio, and aimed toward the pedestrian and natural elements of the environment, will enhance reassurance. Further research is needed to validate the optimum illuminance, the appropriate metric for characterising lamp spectral power distribution, and the most desirable aims of spatial distribution.

Type: Article
Title: Road lighting and pedestrian reassurance after dark: A review
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1477153514524587
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1477153514524587
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers 2014. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569966
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