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The function of this Lighting Guide is to provide guidance to all those who are concerned with the design, equipping, management and operation of 'licensed premises', i.e. buildings or parts of buildings in which alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises. They include the following: —— public houses—— restaurants—— gastropubs—— nightclubs—— sports and social clubs—— health clubs and sports halls—— theatres, cinemas and concert halls—— areas within airports and railway stations—— universities and colleges—— hotels and guest houses—— licensed tea rooms—— conference halls and function rooms.Licensed premises need a special lighting guide as the lighting of such places must meet two distinct objectives: (1) to be right for the style/feel/mood/brand of the premises, and (2) to meet legislative requirements for safety and escape from areas where alcohol is consumed. Even in the most moody or 'edgy' of premises, stairs and escape routes must be lit with safety in mind. Exit signage must be present, even if reduced to the minimum permitted size for the viewing distance for each sign, and emergency lighting is usually required. Likewise legalrequirements for places of work and building regulations must be complied with.This Lighting Guide is intended to cover existing buildings, new buildings, and those cases where existing buildings originally built for different purposes are converted to licensed premises. Experience indicates that the average life of a lighting installation in licensed premises is about twenty years, though minor alterations may be carried out at any time. Redecoration usually takes place more frequently and when this is done the design and limitations of the existing lighting installation must be borne in mind. Lighting and decoration relate to one another to a large extent and should be considered together.