There are rules about the lighting for carpark exits in strata buildings. Many apartment blocks are NOT compliant from a safety perspective and paying far too often to fix roller doors and gates which are hit by exiting vehicles.
In basic terms, Australian Standards: AS 1680 specifies 800 lux for the first 15 meters of a car park entrance during the day and 160 lux at night, followed by 160 lux for the next 4 meters at all times. This helps transition the lighting level upon entry and exit and reduces the effects of blinding.
Make your strata car park entry compliant.
Smart controls and good car park lighting design plays a vital role in protecting vehicles, strata property such as garage doors and gates and more importantly human beings. Most people don't link road safety issues and good car park lighting together.
Temporary blinding due to strata building's carpark entry and exit lighting.
When exiting a car park, a driver's eye must adjust quickly, adapting from the darker conditions to the bright daylight conditions ahead. This transition can lead to a temporary blinding, making it difficult for the driver to react to obstacles or pedestrians. Car park entrances can often be located in high pedestrian areas and this temporary loss of clear vision is enough to create serious damage to people or property.
Strata schemes can potentially face large litigation claims if accidents occur at entrances or exits where poor lighting has contributed to the accident. e.g. a child riding a bicycle is hit by a driver as he or she exits onto the street.
A number of strata schemes have automatic roller doors and some strata committees are regularly paying large amounts of money to repair automatic roller doors which are hit by cars. In one case in Chatswood, an NRMA vehicle had been servicing a car in the visitor's carpark and damaged the roller door as it was exiting the building creating over $2,000 in damage.
Solution: The car park entry system from LED Lighting company, enLighten, uses a twilight sensor which assesses the outside light levels and then the CECS controller communicates with the Tauro Eco luminaires via a self-configurable wireless mesh communication network. enLightens wireless car park entry system uses a proprietary smart control lighting system which communicates via RF waves with a bank of Tauro Eco luminaires, automatically adjusting the lighting levels to 800 lux in the day time and 160 lux at night.
What clients say:"Safety and compliance are top priorities for my client. Knowing the dangers that can be found at car park entrances, we knew just how important it was to install the right car park entry system. enLighten’s intelligent wireless control system for car park entrances ensures compliance to AS 1680 and the safety of all our visitors in a very dangerous zone. We are delighted at the results and we were very pleased at just how easy it was to install."
- Simon Lee, Owner at Serves Australia
Wattblock can provide a residential strata scheme carpark entry compliance audit for $440 for a limited time. (Sydney Metro only).
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