Case study: Safety lighting for Prague tram stations
An ambitious tram project has recently been completed in Prague, Czech Republic, and employs LED lighting to improve the safety and night-time aesthetics of the stations.
Architect Patrik Kotas created the tramline which has six stations, each with a unique design and color scheme. The stations all feature rows of 200 x 200 mm LED tiles, which provide both illumination and signalling. The rows are 200 m in length, and run along the platform edge.
At departure, the lighting system switches on and remains on, without blinking, until the train has left the stop. Through the accenting of the platform edge during the potentially dangerous operational phases, the risk of persons inadvertently stepping too close to the train and being injured is significantly reduced.
Other advantageous features of the LED tiles include the delay-free circuit; the compact design, which enables easy installation; and minimum heat build-up, which is especially important for walk-on surfaces. Their anti-slip surfaces, applied to increase safety, create a 3-D effect further augmenting the aesthetically enhancing presence of the tiles. Kotas says that there really was no other viable alternative.