Lighting and Covid 19: Frequently Asked Questions II

by | May 1, 2020

Challenging times continue for us all, including those in the lighting profession. Here are two more FAQs which we hope will help you. Our first set of FAQs was published here on 14 April 2020.

I have a client who is requesting I make a lighting level night-time site survey externally, to a site hundreds of miles away. Could you advise me on what guidance or policy I should be following during this lock down period?

Government restrictions depend on several variables and are likely to change at short notice so there is no official ILP guidance which could cover all scenarios.

Though some construction work is taking place, you need to consider the following questions:

  • Would this travel be in the spirit of the Government advice?
  • Is this part of essential infrastructure work that is continuing?
  • Could the survey reasonably be postponed until after the lockdown?
  • If you were stopped and questioned would you be able to justify the trip?

I’d like to ask for technical help regarding creating a chamber for sanitising goods that could be infected with the Covid-19 virus. I have considered using germicide UVC tubes within a sealed chamber. I am not an expert and am unsure of the appropriate ballast units to drive the tubes. After searching I came across information telling me UVC light is harmful to skin/eyes. How would you advise I proceed?

Our advice is that because you are not an expert in using UV-C light, do not use these lamps. You would need to engage an expert and carry out your own risk assessment if you were to use this technology. You would also need to have the product tested to ensure it is safe to use for the intended purpose. You can find further information here.

Do you have an exterior lighting question for us that we haven’t included? Get in touch and let us know.

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