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SAE AIR512

Aircraft Cabin Illumination

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Organization: SAE
Publication Date: 1 November 2018
Status: active
Page Count: 10
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This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to, commercial transport aircraft:

Boarding and deplaning

Movement about the cabin

Reading

Use of lavatories

Use of work areas

Using stowage compartments, coat rooms, and closets

Using interior stairways and elevators (lifts)

Use of crew rest areas

Design Goals - Visual

The designer should strive to provide a comfortable visual environment by proper consideration of:

Quantity of light: The amount of illumination required at each area or location to perform the pertinent visual task.

Quality of lighting: The brightness distribution, including contrasts in the field of view. This includes the surrounding area, such as seat backs, carpeting, bulkheads, overhead, etc., as well as brightness of light sources and fixtures. The values will be influenced by the color, texture, and finish of the materials. Visual comfort is very much dependent upon the quality of the lighting.

Brightness distribution is affected by glare (excessive brightness in the field of view), both direct and reflected, the source of which can be the light sources in the cabin, or light sources exterior to the cabin, such as the sun. The reflected glare may come from shiny, specular surfaces inside the cabin, or airplane parts, such as the wing on the exterior.

By choice of colors and brightness, claustrophobic effects may be reduced.

Design Goals - Electrical and Mechanical

The designer should strive to accomplish the above with:

Adequate hardware design with consideration given to:

Minimal weight

Reliability of equipment and lamps

Ease of maintenance

Safety

Electrical

Thermal

Moisture proof, as required

Illumination Design Errors

Improper quantity of light - too much as well as too little

Inadequate quality of lighting

Improper distribution

Exposed light sources - direct glare

Improper consideration of secondary surfaces that absorb or reflect light - brightness distribution, colors, reflected glare, etc.

Difficulty of maintaining lighting systems

Ingredients for Good Lighting

Sufficient illumination for task

Adequate quality

Adequate brightness control with respect to:

Direct glare

Reflected glare

Contrast between task and surround

Color of furnishings and light

 

Document History

SAE AIR512
November 1, 2018
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to, commercial transport aircraft: Boarding and deplaning...
January 1, 2014
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to: a. Boarding and deplaning b. Movement about the cabin c....
March 1, 2012
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to: a. Boarding and deplaning b. Movement about the cabin c....
February 1, 2007
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to: a. Boarding and deplaning b. Movement about the cabin c....
May 1, 1998
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
1. SCOPE: This document covers the general recommendations for cabin lighting in order to provide satisfactory illumination for, but not limited to: a. Boarding and deplaning b. Movement about the...
May 27, 1987
Aircraft Cabin Illumination
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