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Elevator cabin lights, what the new legislation says

Elevator cabin lamps: how to achieve energy savings

The lighting of the lift cabin is an important factor, also due to the safety implications that it may entail. It is no coincidence that the subject is subject to the regulations issued by the European Union and also incorporated into Italian law with the so-called Lift Regulations launched in 2017 precisely in order to incorporate the continental directives. In practice, the EN 81-20 and 81-50 standards have clarified the framework in which not only the transport of people and things in the lifts must take place, but also any possible maintenance work. A framework that must provide all possible guarantees, starting right from the lighting of the lift cabin.

The energy saving factor

As is well known, the problem represented by the excessively high tariffs for the supply of electricity in Italy continues to have negative effects on the financial statements of households and businesses. So much so that institutions also take responsibility for the problem, especially given the fact that our country continues to depend heavily on foreign supplies. To try to avoid a situation that is not optimal, we decided to focus on the issue of energy saving, trying to encourage the construction of buildings that are able to optimize the energy efficiency of the same.

Elevators have also been called to play their part in this context, for example with a growing focus on lighting, not only in cabins, but also in the racing compartment.

LED lighting for elevators


The lighting in the lift cabin must be such as to ensure safety for passengers and the things they carry. If until a few years ago were the traditional bulbs to provide for the needs, over the last few years LED lighting has been affirming, which has gradually increased its appeal not only thanks to the fact that these bulbs are able to ensure strong lighting inside the elevator, thus guaranteeing considerable safety and visibility, but also because they are characterized by significantly reduced consumption levels compared to conventional light bulbs. So not only greater visibility, but also a decisive cut in consumption that will have an appreciable effect on the annual energy bill.

Because you save with LED lamps

To better understand the level of savings guaranteed by LED lamps, it should be remembered that they use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent or fluorescent lighting. The LEDs, which have an average life of around 50 thousand hours, do not emit heat and consequently entail energy costs that are considerably lower. In addition, their service life is 25 times longer than that shown by normal halogen lamps, thus reducing the need to resort to elevator maintenance, with consequent savings on technical measures. It should also be remembered that according to the guidelines VDI 4707, a source that is considered extremely authoritative at European level and which deals with the measurement and classification of energy consumption of elevators, using LED lamps provides a considerable contribution in terms of environmental protection . A contribution in line with the EU Directive 2002/91 / EC on the energy efficiency in buildings and its management.


In older lifts, often the weight of efficiency does not weigh heavily, the light in the cabin often consumes a lot and remains lit. This type of plants waste more than 40% of the total energy needs more than the last generation plants. Cabin lighting contributes almost a third of this amount.