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Pavement light

view down onto a sidewalk with vault lights; a slab of concrete with a regular grid of inset squares of slightly domed purple glass. Within each square, faint vertical lines can be seen through the glass, and points of light shining up through the glass are duplicated in horizontal lines of three points of light. Some yellow leaves have fallen on the damp concrete.
Sidewalk prisms from above, with lights shining up from inside the hollow sidewalk. The purple shade has developed over a century. These are multi prisms; the ridges can be seen running vertically (see § Transparent elements).

Pavement lights (UK), vault lights (US), floor lights, or sidewalk prisms are flat-topped walk-on skylights, usually set into pavement (sidewalks) or floors to let sunlight into the space below. They often use anidolic lighting prisms to throw the light sideways under the building. They were developed in the 19th century, but declined in popularity with the advent of cheap electric lighting in the early 20th. Older cities and smaller centers around the world have, or once had, pavement lights.[1] In the early 21st century, such lights are approximately a century old,[2] although lights are being installed in some new construction.[3]

Cross-section of a road and adjacent building, showing the basement extending under the sidewalk and part of the road. Sunlight is shining through the sidewalk into the basement.
A sidewalk vault, which is daylit through vault lights, 1880


Large bathroom with chairs and a free-standing radiator, lit by flat skylights
A bathroom lit by vault lights
A transport station with benches under a roof in the middle of a city square inset with inconspicuous rectangles of vault lights
The outside, showing the same vault lights from above (dark rectangles)
The Westlake Square Comfort Station in Seattle, Washington, 1917

Sidewalk prisms are a method of daylighting basements, and are able to serve as a sole source of illumination during the day. At night, lighting in the basements beneath produces a glowing sidewalk.[4] Vault lights may be used to make subterranean space useful.[2] They are more common in city centers, dense, high-rent areas where space is valuable.[2]

Historically, landlords took an interest in improving not only the floor area ratio, but the amount of space that was naturally lit, on the grounds that this was profitable.[5] Occupiers valued daylight not only as a way of saving on artificial lighting costs, which were higher historically, but also as a way to let premises remain cooler in summer, and a way to save on ventilation costs, if using gas lighting rather than arc lamps or early incandescent lights.[5]

Pavement lights and related products were historically marketed as a way of saving on artificial lighting costs and making space more usable and pleasant.[5] Modern studies of similar daylighting technology provide evidence for those claims.[6]

Vault lights also are used in floors under glass roofs, for example in Budapest's historic Párizsi udvar [hu][7] and New York's mostly-demolished old Pennsylvania Station (see § Current state and trends).[8] Vault lights also could be set into the basement floor, underneath other vault lights, creating a double-deck arrangement, which would light the subbasement.[9] Manhole covers and coalhole covers with lighting elements were also made.[2] Some steps have vault lights set into the vertical stair risers.[10]


A basement that extends below a sidewalk or pavement is called an areaway,[2] a vaulted sidewalk,[11] or a hollow sidewalk.[12] In some cities, these areaways were created by the raising of the street level to combat floods, and in some cases they form, an often now abandoned, tunnel network.[13][12][14] To light these spaces, sidewalks incorporated gratings, which were a trip hazard and let water and street dirt as well as light into the basement. Replacing the open gratings with glass was an obvious improvement.[15]


A large circular glass lens with a flat top and a stepped domed bottom. The glass is purple, with the shade darkening towards the top. The glass is set in a wide and ornate circular frame engraved with a semi-geometric ring-of-roundels design that looks a bit Art Deco, although from 1834.
Rockwell vault light, with one large piece of glass[16]

Sidewalk prisms developed from deck prisms, which were used to let light through the decks of ships. The earliest pavement light (Rockwell, 1834)[16] used a single large round glass lens set in an iron frame. The large lens was directly exposed to traffic, and if the lens broke, a large hole was left in the pavement, which was potentially unsafe for pedestrians.[15][17]

Thaddeus Hyatt corrected these faults with his "Hyatt light" of 1854.[17] Many small lenses ("bull's-eyes") were set in a wrought-iron frame,[18][15] (later cast iron),[19] and the frame included raised nubs around each lens to improve traction in wet weather and to protect them from damage and wear. Even if all the lenses were broken out, the panel would still be safe to walk on.[15]

In the 1930s, London authorities ruled that glass sections could not be larger than 100 mm by 100 mm.[20] Modern glass floors are made of laminated and toughened glass pavers, which can be substantially larger. They have an upper protective layer that can be replaced if it becomes chipped or cracked.[21] The top surface of the pavers may also be chosen and treated to improve traction.[22]

A shallow square of glass, surrounded by a metal rim, set in rebar-reinforced concrete. Cutaway view.
Armoured glass in concrete

Wrought iron,[18][15] cast iron,[19] and stainless steel[23] frames have all been used. Reinforced concrete slabs began to replace iron frames in the 1890s in New York. Benefits claimed included less condensation (due to the lower thermal conductivity)[24] and a less slippery surface when wet.[3] Concrete panels may be pre-cast or cast in-situ.[25][26] (For process details, see § External links, below.)

Late concrete panels often were made with metal-framed "armored prisms", which were intended to prevent breakage and make replacing individual prisms easier. The glass is not cast into the concrete but caulked into the frame. Rather than chiselling out the old glass, the glass can be popped out of the frame.[27]

Translucent concrete has also been proposed as a floor material.[28] This would essentially make it a vault light with very small (fiberoptic) lighting elements. It also innately redirects the light from the angle of incidence to an angle ~parallel to the optical fibers (usually, perpendicular to the surface of the concrete).

Transparent elements

The transparent elements may be referred to as prisms or lenses, depending on shape, or as jewels.[15]

Glass color

Shallow purple glass squares with deep right-angled prisms hanging from them. They are coloured purple, with the shade intensifying towards the top.
Solarized pendant prisms, showing a gradient in the solarization.

The glass in many old pavement lights is now either purple or straw-colored. This is a side-effect of the manufacturing process. Pure silica glass is transparent, but older glass manufacture often used silica from sand, which contains iron and other impurities.[29] Iron produces a greenish tint in the finished glass. To remove this effect, a "decolorizer" such as manganese dioxide ("glassmakers' soap") was added during the manufacture of the glass.

When exposed to ultraviolet light, the manganese slowly "solarizes", turning purple,[29] which is why many existing sidewalk prisms are now purple.[4] WWI increased demand for manganese in the US and cut off the supply of high-grade ore from Germany,[30] so selenium dioxide was used as a decolorizer instead.[31] Selenium also solarizes, but to a straw color.[29]

Replacement glass that has been tinted purple deliberately, in order to match the current colour, has been used in some historic restoration projects.[32]

Glass shape

A wedge of glass, in cross-section a right-angled triangle hung from the shortest side, with light passing downwards through the shortest side, hitting the hypotenuse, and bouncing out near-horizontally from the third side. The top of the wedge has ridges for setting it into a frame, and some of the light misses the wedge and continues downwards.
Total internal reflection in a pendant prism
Two black-rimmed squares of glass. Above, one with rows of identical small prism ridges. Below, one with three pendants like those in the last image, but increasing successively in size.
Lenses with multiple rows of pendant prisms. Above, identical prisms; below, three dissimilar prisms sizes, for light dispersion. These lenses are armoured with malleable plastic
Like image one, but the three different-sized prisms send the outgoing light off on parallel, not overlapping, courses.
Ray diagram of the three dissimilar prisms sizes, designed to avoid blocking each other's light. Each prism can also send the light in a slightly different direction for more diffuse lighting.

In 1871 London, Hayward Brothers patented their "semi-prism": changing the shape of the glass by adding pendant prisms to the underside reflects the light sideways, allowing it to light the area under the main building. The pendant shapes were right-angle ("half") prisms, which reflected all incoming light sideways.[15] The horizontal ridges protruding from the top of the prism let it be set into an opening in an iron or cement grating.

Some cast glass pendant prisms have flat portions to shed light directly below, as well as throwing it sideways under the main body of the building (see image). Some prisms were made with multiple pendant prisms, either as a Fresnel-lens-like sheet of identical prisms ("multi") or a sheet of dissimilar prisms that could distribute the light ("three-way" etc.).[33]

The precise angles at which the prisms refracted or reflected light was important. An installation would generally consist of multiple different prescriptions of prism, chosen either by an on-site expert contractor or by a layman using standard algorithms.[5] This also would diffuse the light somewhat, as would the rough glass surfaces (the lenses are translucent, not transparent).

Larger castings are more expensive, not only because they use more glass, but because they take longer to cool.[34] Modern glass floors use laminate sheet glass some centimeters (more than an inch) thick. It often is transparent.[21]

Non-glass translucent materials

Synthetic resin composites (such as fiberglass), as well as plastics such as Lexan, have been proposed to replace missing prism lights.[35] Translucent decking panels made of fiberglass are often used for balconies which would otherwise shade the windows below them.[36] Peel-and-stick prism films recently have come on the market, with acrylic micro-prisms that internally reflect light somewhat like glass pendant prisms.[6][37][38]


In some cases, a second vertical curtain of prisms was installed under the building sill.[18] These were analogous to the prism transoms used over above-ground windows and doors. The light could be bent in two stages and used to daylight the whole basement.[18]

The areaway under a sidewalk light usually has a masonry wall separating it from the soil under the street, although it may extend partly under the street. Support for the vault light frames varies. Steel cross-beams supported by columns are common in older buildings; metal decks are common in newer ones.[11]

Current state and trends

Large high-ceilinged space with round iron arches, covered in glass-dome skylights, floored with vault lights, clock central in foreground.
The 1910 Pennsylvania Station Concourse in 1963, roofed with glass-dome skylights, floored with vault lights
View of the underside of the vault-light floor, supported by tapered concrete beams
View up from track level, 2015; the vault lights are present, but concreted over

Manufacture, maintenance, and repair

Some modern pavement lights are quite different from historic ones,[21][15] so restoration and replacement may use different techniques and parts.

A few companies now manufacture and sell vault lights, either as glass-only, prefab panels, or installation.[2][39] Construction methods and prices vary widely.[39] Historically, glass lenses were standardized by each manufacturer; some modern manufacturers produce standardized prisms.[5][2][19] Some firms also supply replacement glass castings to order.[39] Cost varies greatly; shapes needing complicated articulated moulds are more expensive.[2]

Modern caulking materials are used for caulking in replacement glass. Broken and damaged frames can be patched, re-welded,[9] or re-cast.[9][19] Generally speaking, restoration requires only simple tools and technology.[9]

Promptly repairing sidewalk cracks, and avoiding de-icers that will corrode metal, helps keep the supporting structure dry and in good repair.[11] Keeping a sidewalk light watertight does not cost much in time or materials.[9] Vaults generally last many decades,[11] and many extant vaults are more than a century old.[2]

Reuse and preservation

Despite their reusability and repairability, old panels often are landfilled.[40][4][2] However, the city of Victoria, Canada is stockpiling removed pavement light panels for future restoration projects.[4][2] Often, individual broken sidewalk prisms are not replaced, but instead, the opening is filled with concrete or other opaque materials,[2] such as metal, wood, and asphalt.[9]

When a building is renovated, vault lights may be removed or concreted over. For instance, the floor of New York's mostly-demolished old Pennsylvania Station was made of vault lights, to let light through the concourse floor onto the platforms.[8] The undersides of the lights can still be seen, but the tops have been concreted over (see images).[41]

While some cities have preservation measures for vault lights, others actively remove them and fill areaways.[2] Sometimes the outside appearance of the lights is retained while filling the areaway and setting the lights in a concrete pad, removing their daylighting function.[9] Some areaways are "mothballed"; that is, filled with gravel that could later be removed.[2]

Areaways are used in some cities as a convenient place to run utilities, which may make the cities reluctant to give areaways legal protection.[2] In some cases, utility construction leads to areaways being filled.[13]

Load-bearing strength

The load-bearing strength of vault lights varies widely with span, construction, and state of repair. Some damaged vaults may not be able to support a fire engine,[42] which a sidewalk vault in sound condition should be able to do.[11] Many jurisdictions do not have regulations on the load-bearing capacity of pavement lights, and manufacturers may develop their own loading standards, in compliance with local fire department regulations. The load-bearing capacity of pavement lights can be tested, and lights can be designed and built to specific load-bearing capacities.[43]

Damp areaways may corrode the steel load-bearing elements supporting the pavement roof. Moisture may come from leakage from above or from groundwater from below.[2]

Current installations

Two people in work gloves carefully transferring a heavy panel of pavement lights from a small flat-bed truck to a pile of similar panels, separated by wooden spacers. The pile is on the outside edge of the sidewalk, and pedestrians pass them on the inside. The panel has a black metal frame and round white lenses. It is about 1.5x0.5m (possibly 2x4 feet)
Restored vault lights being re-installed on Broadway in New York City
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has vault lights, some of which have been documented by the Netherlands Department for Conservation.[44]
  • Astoria, Oregon, has a community program for restoring vault lights, funded by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. A volunteer plan to replace broken glass with squares of Lexan, topped with resin embedded with glass teardrops, was prevented by legislation.[35]
  • Budapest, Hungary, has vault lights in one of its tourist sites, the Art Deco-period Párizsi udvar [hu] mall on Ferenciek tere (Square of the Franciscans). The mall has unusual, decorative pavement lights let into its polychrome tile floor, to allow light from the glass dome skylights into the basement level. There also are vault lights in other locations, such as in the old post office building.[7]
  • Chicago, Illinois, has extremely extensive sidewalk vaults, but many of them do not have vault lights. There is no inventory of them. The city is filling in all vaults, as some are structurally unsound.[14] See also the raising of Chicago.
  • Deadwood, South Dakota, funded a major restoration and maintenance project for vault lights in approximately 2000.[2]
  • Dublin, Ireland has many vault lights.[45]
  • Dunedin, New Zealand has well-preserved Luxfer and Hayward Brothers vault lights.[46]
  • London, England has many vault lights, many made by the Hayward Brothers.[47] Historic preservation legislation encourages a market in new pavement lights.
  • New York City has large numbers of vault lights, mostly in the SoHo district. More than half of the subway stations originally had vault lights, but these had mostly been blocked off. Installing and restoring vault lights has become part of modern construction practices.[3] The city government has no policies or records about vault lights.[2]
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has numerous vault lights, some of them locally manufactured.[48]
  • Portland, Oregon has prisms at several locations.[49] It has no preservation project for its prisms, however, and fills those that break with concrete.[2] There is some local opposition to the policy.[50] See also Portland Underground.
  • Pretoria, South Africa has Hayward vault lights.[51]
  • Sacramento, California has "hollow sidewalks", which originated when the city raised its street level to combat floods; some of these spaces are lit by vault lights. There are many stories told about these areas.[12]
  • Salem, Oregon has an extensive tunnel network with vault lights.[52] Historians have found a mural-painted grocery drop,[53] a disco, a swimming pool, a firing range, opium dens, and bordellos in the tunnels.[13] Guided tours are sometimes conducted in the tunnels.[54][52] The Go Downtown Salem! Board welcomed the idea of regular underground tours.[53] Many of the tunnels have been filled during sewer construction.[13]
  • San Diego, California has sixteen-sided pavement jewels of the "Searchlight" brand.[55]
  • San Francisco evaluates the lights as having little historic value, and as a safety hazard for pedestrians.[56] Most of the lights have been removed.[2] The City Lights Bookstore has vault lights.[57]
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has had sidewalk prisms. They have been used in music videos, and a Facebook group fought to save them.[58] They were scheduled to be infilled in 2015.[59]
A dingy panel of pale purple squares set deeply into a shallow yellow brick arch. People with a light by an arched doorway leading to a further gallery in the background. Pipes run through the picture.
Disused sidewalk prisms lighting the abandoned Seattle Underground
  • Seattle, Washington raised its street level, by up to 22 feet in some places, in the aftermath of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.[2] Previously, the Pioneer Square area had flooded tidally.[2] Seattle replaced some of its sidewalk vault lights in Pioneer Square with new pre-purpled ones in 2002. Seattle runs tourist trips through its underground.[32]
  • Tijuana, Mexico has armoured unsolarized vault lights in the 1919 Casa de la Cultura.[60]
  • Toronto, Ontario once had many vault lights, but the last known remaining example were in front of the shops at 2869 Dundas Street West (near Keele) until 2011.[61]
  • Vancouver, British Columbia has an unofficial policy of requiring any applicants for development permits to fill in areaways,[42][2] although some have been paved over or made sufficiently load-bearing to support a fire engine.[57] Some of the remaining areaways have restaurants built into them.[62] A walking map of the sidewalk prisms has been produced.[63][57] There are ~130 remaining areaways, the records of which are not digitised, and no measures exist to promote their preservation.[2]
  • Victoria, British Columbia has more than eleven thousand sidewalk prisms in seven locations (as of 2006), including an underground gallery running around an entire block outside the Yarrow Building. More than 670 of the prisms are missing or filled with concrete.[2] Sidewalk prisms have been heritage-registered since 1990. Originally, there were hundreds of thousands of prisms. The city has some panels in storage for restoration, but is having difficulty finding a glass supplier. There are city plans to light the galleries below at night, creating glowing purple sidewalks in the downtown core.[4] While they are protected, there is no funding for the preservation of sidewalk prisms.[2]


See also


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