International Standards

While Australia/New Zealand standards provide the primary guidance documents for road and area lighting, rapid advances in LED street lighting and smart controls have made international reference documents increasingly important and referenced in Australia and New Zealand.

The following international standards and guidelines can be useful reference documents for road, street and public space lighting in Australia and New Zealand.

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Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Document Title

Subject Coverage

RP-8-18 Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting. (This version is substantially upgraded and incorporates a number of related standalone standards, that are now withdrawn)

Road Lighting Design

RES-2-19 Lighting for parking Facilities

Parking Lot Lighting
TM12-12 Spectral Effects of Lighting on Visual Performance at Mesopic Light Levels Mesopic Vision
TM-18-18 Light and Human Health: An Overview of the Impact of Light on Visual, Circadian, Neuroendocrine and Neurobehavioural Responses Light and Health

TM-21-11 Projecting Long-Term Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources (+Addendum)

LED Life Projection

TM-28-14 Projecting Long-Term Luminous Flux Maintenance of LED lamps and Luminaires

LED Life Projection
LM-79-08 Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products LED Photometry

LM-80-15 Measuring Luminous Flux and Color Maintenance of LED Packages Arrays and Modules

LED Life Measurement

LM-84-14 Measuring Luminous Flux and Color Maintenance of LED Lamps, Light Engines, and Luminaires

LED Life Measurement

IES RP-31-14 Recommended Practice for Economic Analysis of Lighting

Economic Analysis

IES TM-23-17 Lighting Control Protocols

Control Protocols
Institution of Lighting Professionals (UK)

Document Title

Subject Coverage

PLG01: Central Management System

Central Management System

PLG02: The application of conflict areas on the highway

Conflict Area Lighting

PLG03: Lighting for subsidiary roads: Using white light sources to balance energy efficiency and visual amenity

Mesopic Vision

PLG04: Guidance on undertaking environmental lighting impact assessments  Environmental Impact
PLG08: Guidance on the application of adaptive lighting within the public realm Adaptive Lighting
GN01: Guidance for the reduction of obtrusive light Obtrusive Light
British Standards Institution

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Subject Coverage

BS5489-1:2013 Code of practice for the design of road lighting - Lighting of roads and public amenity areas

Lighting Application

European Committee for Standardisation

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Subject Coverage

EN/TR13201-1:2014 Road Lighting - Part 1:Selection of Lighting Classes (Technical Requirements)

Road Lighting Hierarchy

EN13201-2:2015 Road Lighting - Part 2:Performance Requirements Design Requirements
EN13201-3:2015 Road Lighting - Part 3:Calculation of Performance Design Calculations
EN13201-4:2015 Road Lighting - Part 4:Methods of Measuring Lighting Performance Lighting Measurements
EN13201-5:2015 Road Lighting - Part 5:Energy Performance Indicators Energy Performance
International Electrotechnical Commission

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Subject Coverage

IEC 62504:2014/Amdt 1:2018 General Lighting- Light Emitting Diode (LED) Products and Related Equipment - Terms and Definitions


IEC 62722-1:2014 Luminaire Performance - Part 1: General Requirements LED Luminaire Performance
IEC 62722-2-1:2014 Luminaire Performance - Part 2-1: Particular Requirements for  LED Luminaries LED Luminaire Performance
IEC61347-2-13:2014/Amdt1: 2016 Lamp controlgear-Part 2-13: Particular Requirements for d.c or a.c supplied electronic control gear for LED modules LED Control Gear
IEC62471:2006 Photobiological safety of lamps and lamp systems Photobiological Safety

PD IEC/TR 62778:2014 Application of IEC 62471 to light sources and luminaries for the assessment of blue light hazard

Photobiological Safety

IEC 62386 Series. (The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) standard, is published in multiple parts and is being frequently expanded to accommodate smart device availability)

Digital Lighting Interface

American National Standards Institute

Document Title

Subject Coverage

C136.10:2017 Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment - Locking Type Photocontrol Devices and Mating Receptacles—Physical and Electrical Interchangeability and Testing

Controls Receptacle

ANSI C136.41:2013 Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment–Dimming Control Between an External Locking Type Photocontrol and Ballast or Driver

Controls Receptacle
ANSI C136.40:2011 Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment - Solar Lighting Systems Solar Lighting Systems

C136.48:2018 Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment - Wireless Networked Lighting Controllers

Lighting Controllers

C137.0:2017 Lighting Systems – Lighting Systems Terms and Definitions

Lighting Systems Terms and Definitions

C137.1:2017 0-10V Lighting Systems - Analogue Dimming Interface

Analogue Dimming Interface
International Committee on Illumination

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Subject Coverage

CIE S 017/E:2011 ILV: International Lighting Vocabulary

Terms and Definitions

CIE S 017-SP1:2015 ILV: International Lighting Vocabulary-Supplement 1: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and LED Assemblies – Terms and Definitions

Terms and Definitions

CIE DIS 024/E:2015 Light Emitting Diodes and LED Assemblies – Terms and Definitions (Draft International Standard)

Terms and Definitions

CIE DIS 017/E:2016 ILV: International Lighting Vocabulary, 2nd Edition. (Draft International Standard)

Terms and Definitions

CIE 115:2010 Lighting of Roads for Motor and Pedestrian Traffic

Lighting Design

CIE 140:2019 Road Lighting Calculations (2nd Edition)

Lighting Calculations

CIE S 025/E-2015 Test Method for LED Lamps, LED Luminaries and LED Modules

Photometric Testing

CIE 206:2014 The Effect of Spectral Power Distribution on Lighting for Urban and Pedestrian Areas

Light Spectrum
CIE 136:2000 Guide to the Lighting of Urban Areas Urban Lighting

CIE 194:2011 On-Site Measurement of the Photometric Properties of Road and Tunnel Lighting

On-Site Measurement

CIE 126:1997 Guidelines for Minimizing Sky Glow

Light Pollution
CIE 150:2017 Guide on the Limitation of the Effects of Obtrusive Light from Outdoor Lighting Installations (2nd Edition) Obtrusive Light

CIE 093:1992 Road Lighting as an Accident Countermeasure

Light and Crashes

US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Subject Coverage

US DOT FHWA-HRT-14-050:2014 USDOT Guidelines for The Implementation of Reduced Lighting on Roadways

Adaptive Lighting

US DOT FHWA-HRT-14-051:2014 USDOT Design Criteria for Adaptive Roadway Lighting

Adaptive Lighting