MMA Lighting Consultancy are able to produce lighting impact assessment reports for all clients ranging from consulting engineers to house developers, contractors and environmental consultants. Our staff have extensive experience in report writing covering both the details of the lighting, sensitivity of the local ecology and how best the overall lighting strategy might affect the development.
As part of a street lighting impact assessment we can cover elements such as a strategy for the lighting, dimming, night time control of the lighting and recommend the most optimal solution for both energy saving and the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.
A Lighting impact assessment can either be carried out as a desk top study or in certain circumstances we visit site to take night time readings. We are then able to analyse how the proposed problem is impacting on its surroundings, recommend solutions to resolve, and produce a professional report detailing our findings.
Lighting impact assessments should consider different areas of legislation, some of the headline legislations are listed below:-
- Professional Lighting Guide PLG 04 “Guidance on Undertaking Environmental Lighting Impact Assessments” Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP):2013 – Click here for further details
- Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light; 2020 Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) – Click here for further details
- BS5489-1:2013 (BS5489-1:2020 introduced in June 2020) Code of practice for the design of road lighting Part 1: Lighting of roads and public amenity areas – Click here for further details
- Institution of Lighting Professionals, Bat Conservation Trust Lighting Guidance (August 2018) – Click here for further details
- BS EN 13201 2015 – Road Lighting – Click here for details
- BS 12464-2:2014 – Light and Lighting. Lighting of work places. Outdoor work places – Click here for details
- Bat Conservation Trust 2014 Interim Guidance – Click here for details
- Environmental Protection Act 1990 / Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 – Click here for details
- National Planning Policy Framework – Click here for details
The deliverables in our lighting impact assessments include the following, but can be tailored to suit our customer’s individual needs and anything specifically outlined in any planning condition or other specific local authority requests received:-
- Carry out full ‘Night time site survey’(plus daytime survey if required) including light levels (taken with a professional light meter) to assess existing baseline conditions.
- Prepare and provide ‘Area’ and or ‘Road’ lighting calculations for proposed or existing lighting. ‘Area’ calculations can be provided with Isolux contour values down to 0.1 Lux if required, in order to detail the exact drop off in lighting levels across a specific sensitive area.
- Vertical Illuminance calculations (if required). As above, calculations can be provided with Isolux contour values down to 0.1 Lux if required, in order to detail the exact drop off in lighting levels across a specific sensitive area.
- Provide site specific drawings, in your preferred format, including Isolux contours to demonstrate light output, specifically at the site boundary in order to demonstrate any obtrusive light.
- A detailed report containing baseline lighting conditions, lighting category selection process, classified environmental zone for the area in question, ecological receptors, other sensitive receptors, upward light (which can create sky glow) and visual source intensity (glare) and a mitigation strategy aimed at discharging the planning condition if applicable.
- Review of lighting against the Institution of Lighting Professionals, Bat Conservation Trust Lighting Guidance August 2018 (Guidance Note 08/18).
- Review of lighting against the Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light; 2020 Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP).
- Lighting mitigation measures to be adhered to during construction phases of your project (if applicable).
- A summary of the overall lighting impact assessment. If there is existing lighting we will provide details on our findings and recommendations for improvement.
To contact MMA Lighting Consultancy about how we can assist with your projects and if you specifically require a lighting impact assessment please follow one of the below links and one of our engineers will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Telephone: 0118 321 5636