More pedestrian bridges are built every day to ensure safe pedestrian traffic in our cities. Pedestrian bridges are a good alternative to subways because of their ease of installation and low cost. In addition to that, people feel safer when they crossed an open bridge.
Pedestrian bridges are illuminated by sunlight during the day, but they require an additional light at nights. This lighting also makes pedestrians feel safer at night. It helps reduce crime rates.
Pedestrian bridges should be illuminated best both in terms of functionality and in terms of decorative elements.
General lighting at a pedestrian bridge is provided by lighting poles (3-4 meters) that are not too high placed on the edge of the passage. It is also possible to make different settlements by using the building elements of the bridge. For example, lighting elements that provide special light distribution to be placed on pedestrian guardrail can also be provided with sufficient amount of illumination. The important thing here is to provide a sufficient amount of illumination without disturbing pedestrians, without creating light pollution.
Generally, 5 lux light levels are recommended on pedestrian bridges and similar pedestrian walking paths. Lighting at these levels creates a safe environment for pedestrians.
Decorative lighting is done by highlighting the architectural details of the bridge with light. This accent lighting is done by wall washer, floodlights, pixel LEDs, flexible neon LEDs, and similar lighting solutions.
A well-lit pedestrian bridge, where compatible colors are used, can create a great landscape in the night. Pedestrian bridges that attract attention with lighting will be located in the background of many photographs and will contribute to the promotion of the city.
Lighting elements used in the pedestrian bridge lighting should be suitable for working outdoors. It should be resistant to water, dust, and moisture. For energy savings, products with high light output and long service life should be preferred.