Electrical Thumb Rules-Illumination-(Part-18).

Recommended Lighting Levels

IESNA Lighting Handbook

Type of activity Lighting
Public spaces with dark surroundings

30 Lux

Simple orientation for short temporary visits 50 Lux
Working spaces where visual tasks are only occasionally performed 100 Lux
Performance of visual tasks of high contrast or large scale 300 Lux
Performance of visual tasks of medium contrast or small size 500 Lux
Performance of visual tasks of low contrast or very small size 1000 Lux
Performance of visual tasks near threshold of person’s ability to recognize an image 3000-10000 Lux

                              Industries Recommended Levels of Illumination
Area And Task Lux Level
Paper Manufacturing
Beaters, grinding 30
Finishing, cutting 50
Hand Counting 70
Paper machine reel, inspection 100
Rewinder 150
Warehousing, Storage
Inactive 5
Active:
Rough Bulky 10
Medium 20
Fine 50
Clothing Manufacture
Receiving, storing, shipping, winding, measuring 30
Pattern making, trimming 50
Shops, making 100
Textile Mills – Cotton
Opening, mixing, picking 30
Carding and drawing 50
Slubbing, roving, spinning, spooling 50
Beaming and splashing on combo Gray goods 50
Denims 150
Inspection
Gray goods (hand tuning) 150
Denims (rapid moving) 500
Automatic tying-in 150
Weaving 100
Drawing-in by hand 200
Machine Shops
Rough bench and machine work 50
Medium bench and machine work, ordinary automatic machines, rough grinding medium buffing and polishing 100
Fine bench and machine work, fine automatic machines, medium grinding, fine buffing and polishing 500
Extra-Fine bench and machine work, grinding fine work 1000

                                                Recommended Lighting Levels
                           International Standard Serial Number ISSN: 2278-6252
Area/task/ process Illuminance (lux)
Exterior circulating, walkways, stores, main entrances and exit roads, car parking, internal factory roads etc. 20-50
Boiler house, transformer yards, furnace rooms, entrances, corridors, stairs etc. 70-100
Circulation areas in industry, stores and stock rooms, canteen 100-150
Coarse work 200-300
Medium work 300-500
Fine work 500-1500
Very fine minute and precise work 1500-3000
Bale breaking, washing , Stock dyeing, tinting, Mixing, Blowing 200-300
Carding, drawing, roving 300-500
Spinning, doubling, reeling, winding 300-750
Warping 300-400
Sizing 400-500
Heading (drawing in) 750-1000
Weaving (plain gray fabrics) 200-300
Weaving (light colored) 300-750
Weaving (dark colored) 500-1000
Knitting 300-750
Dyeing 200- 450
Calendaring, chemical treatment 300-750
Grey cloth inspection 700-1000
Final inspection 1000-2000

                                              Recommended lighting levels
                                                    IESNA Lighting Handbook
Type of activity Lighting (Lux)
Public spaces with dark surroundings 30
Simple orientation for short temporary visits 50
Working spaces where visual tasks are only occasionally performed 100
Performance of visual tasks of high contrast or large scale 300
Performance of visual tasks of medium contrast or small size 500
Performance of visual tasks of low contrast or very small size 1000
Performance of visual tasks near threshold of person’s ability to recognize an image 3000-10000

                                Illuminance Values for Indoor Activities
                                                TABLE 10.4 IES
ACTIVITY CATEGORY LUX
Public spaces with dark surroundings large area (lobby space) 20-30-50
Simple orientation for short temporary visits large area (lobby space) 50-75-100
Working spaces where visual tasks are only occasionally performed large area (lobby space) 100-150-200
Performance of visual tasks of high contrast or large size localized tasks 200-300-500
Performance of visual tasks of medium contrast or small size localized tasks 500-750-1000
Performance of visual tasks of low contrast or very small size localized tasks 1000-1500-2000 100
Performance of visual tasks of low contrast  or very small size over a prolonged period extremely difficult visual tasks 2000-3000-5000
Performance of very prolonged and exacting visual tasks extremely difficult visual tasks 5000-7500-10000
Performance of very special visual tasks of extremely low contrast extremely difficult visual tasks 10000-15000-20000

                                                           Lighting levels-Sports
Sports Illumination
Football/Rugby  
National/ international     500 Lux
Regional/Local     200 Lux
Local/Training     75 Lux
Tennis  
National/ international   500 Lux
Regional/Local     300 Lux
Local/Training      200 Lux
Equestrian  
National/ international    500 Lux
Regional/Local     200 Lux
Local/Training      100 Lux
Badminton  
National/ international    750 Lux
Regional/Local     500 Lux
Local/Training      300 Lux
Court lighting
Social Play 310 Lux
Club Competition 435 Lux
International 1250 Lux
Swimming  
National/Internal      750 Lux
Regional/Local     500 Lux
Local/Training     200 Lux

                                                           Lighting levels-Sports
                                             Australian Standard  AS 2560.2.6 – 1994
Sport Illumination Level
Baseball  
Baseball (International & National) 1500 lux
Baseball (AAA Standard) 750 lux
 Baseball (Club Competition) 250 lux
Football  
Recreational Level 50 lux
Amateur Level (Training) 50 lux
Amateur Level (Competition) 100 lux
Semi-Professional level (Training) 50 lux
Semi-Professional (match Practice) 100 lux
Semi-Professional (Competition) 200 lux
Professional level (Training) 100 lux
Professional level (Match practice) 200 lux
Professional level (Competition) 500 lux
For all sports the minimum for TV coverage. 1500 lux

                        Recommended Lighting Levels For Sports Areas 
Area Type Lux
Archery, indoor
General Area 25
Shooting Zone 50
Target (Vertical) 100
Badminton
Recreational 300
Supervised Training 400
Club & County 400
National & International 500
Bowls, indoor
Practice 300
Club & County 400
National & International 500
Boxing
Club & Supervised Training 500
Regional 750
National 1000
International 2000
Special Events 2000
Cricket, indoor
Recreational & Supervised Training 400
Club & County 500
Cycle Racing,
Training 300
Club 500
National & International 750
Equestrian, indoor
Practice & Training, show jumping 400
Practice & Training, Dressage 300
Competition Show Jumping 700
Competition Dressage) 500
Five-A-Side Football, indoor
Recreational & Supervised Training 300
Club & County 400
National & International 500
Handball, indoor
Recreational & Supervised Training 300
Club 400
County & National 500
International 750
Hockey, indoor
Recreational & Supervised Training 300
Club 400
County & National 500
International 750
Ice Rinks, Indoor
Hockey & Figure Skating Training 200
Hockey & Figure Skating Competition 750
Skating, Recreational 100
Lawn Tennis, indoor
Recreational 300
Practice & Club 400
County 500
National & International 750
Lawn Tennis, outdoor
Recreational 200
Club 300
County 400
National & International 500
Martial Arts, indoor
Supervised Training 300
Club 400
National 500
Netball, indoor
Recreational & Supervised Training 300
Club & County 400
National & International 500
Shooting, indoor
Target (Vertical) 1000
Shooting Zone 300
Snooker & Billiards
Recreational & Club 750
 National & International 1000
Squash
Recreational & Supervised Training 300
Club & County 400
 indoor National 500
International 750
Swimming, indoors
Recreational 200
Club & County 300
 National 500
 International 10000
 Table Tennis
Recreational 200
Club & County 300
National 500
International 750
Volleyball
Recreational 200
Training, Club & County 300
 National 500
International 750
Weight Training
Supervised Training 400
Sports Halls
Recreational 300
 Club & County 400-500
 National & International 500-750
Televised (vertical/normal to camera) 1000-2000
 Indoor Arenas
Maintenance of Area 100
General Lighting & Training 300
Competition 500
Spectator Viewed Events 900
Televised (vertical/normal to camera) 1000-2000

About Jignesh.Parmar
Jignesh Parmar has completed M.Tech (Power System Control), B.E(Electrical). He is member of Institution of Engineers (MIE) and CEng,India. Membership No:M-1473586.He has more than 16 years experience in Transmission -Distribution-Electrical Energy theft detection-Electrical Maintenance-Electrical Projects (Planning-Designing-Technical Review-coordination -Execution). He is Presently associate with one of the leading business group as a Deputy Manager at Ahmedabad,India. He has published numbers of Technical Articles in “Electrical Mirror”, “Electrical India”, “Lighting India”,”Smart Energy”, “Industrial Electrix”(Australian Power Publications) Magazines. He is Freelancer Programmer of Advance Excel and design useful Excel base Electrical Programs as per IS, NEC, IEC,IEEE codes. He is Technical Blogger and Familiar with English, Hindi, Gujarati, French languages. He wants to Share his experience & Knowledge and help technical enthusiasts to find suitable solutions and updating themselves on various Engineering Topics.

2 Responses to Electrical Thumb Rules-Illumination-(Part-18).

  1. Ashoke Kanta says:

    Extremely helpful not only for project managers/designers but for all who are associated with building engineering. Kudos to Dear Mr. Jignesh Parmar.
    Would like to read many more write up on designing & selection of switch gears, Setting of various protection relays, criticality of electrical panels, On effect of harmonics & paying more on electricity bill etc. etc.

  2. Muhammad Mohsin Ansari says:

    Thanks

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