ADA Guidelines and Regulations
What is ADA?
ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act and was enacted in 1991; this law requires that owners of public accessible areas must be responsible and provide accommodations for disabled persons. In the lighting industry this means there are regulations on projection of wall sconces and clearance on hanging lights.
These regulations are as follows: section 4.4 “objects projecting from walls with their leading edges between 27″ and 80″ above the finished floor shall protrude no more than 4″ into walks, halls, corridors, passageways or aisles.”
ADA Compliant Fixtures
The Americans with Disabilities Act, known as ADA, was enacted on July 26, 1992 for the purpose of eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The intent of ADA is to provide people with disabilities accommodations and access equal or similar to that provided to the general public. Most ADA requirements apply to public buildings and commercial establishments that provide and are accessible to the general public.
Section 4.4 of the ADA states as it pertains to Lighting Fixtures: “Objects projecting from walls with their leading edges between 27″ and 80″ above the finished floor shall protrude no more than 4″ into walkways, corridors, passageways or aisles.”
Previously, lighting fixtures that were in compliance were limited to a handful of cold, industrial designs with no warmth and little style. In recent years, there has been a higher demand for aesthetically pleasing designs that can accommodate the requirement and discerning customers. The market has responded by providing innovative and unique lighting designs to fit consumer needs. Images 1 | 2