Model Specifications

Street Lighting and Smart Control Model Specifications

IPWEA's Street Lighting and Smart Control (SLSC) Program launched two Model Specifications in 2017 that are assisting public lighting buyers, vendors, contractors, funders and advisors to efficiently and economically engage in procurement of LED lighting and control systems for public lighting. These specifications, which were updated in 2019, are bringing tendering efficiency and certainty to the market. 

Model LED Public Lighting Specification

This Model LED Public Lighting Specification, now in its second edition, is intended to help accelerate the adoption of LEDs in public lighting projects by assisting buyers, vendors, contractors, funders and advisors to more confidently, robustly, efficiently and economically engage in procurement of LEDs.

The broader objective in accelerating the adoption of LEDs in public lighting is to help lighting owners reduce the total costs of operating public lighting while providing a variety of other safety, social and environmental benefits that LEDs can deliver.

This updated specification incorporates changes to AS/NZS 1158 and other standards. It also incorporates industry developments that help those wanting to procure smart LEDs able to accommodate smart controls and support other smart city activities.

The aim of this updated model specification is to be:

  • Technically robust and current;
  • Compatible with AS/NZS standards and specifications while filing in gaps where AS/NZS guidance does not exist or is not suitably current;
  • Written concisely in easy to understand language;
  • Applicable to large and small projects in both urban and rural application;
  • Structured to include a range of selectable options to be chosen by the user to deliver a customised specification meeting their needs; and
  • Freely available to reduce barriers to LED uptake and dramatically increase their likely procurement and application.

Model Public Lighting Controls Specification


This Model Public Lighting Controls Specification, now in its second edition, has been developed in conjunction with key stakeholders and is driven by ANZ user needs, leading precedents and a range of domestic and international technical standards and specifications.

The objective of this model specification is to accelerate the adoption of smart controls in public lighting by bringing robustness and confidence to procurement processes. Millions of smart street lighting controls are now deployed around the world and the evidence is clear. If well delivered, smart controls can help lighting owners more efficiently manage these assets, tailor lighting levels to the requirements of each location, save additional energy, reduce environmental impacts, monitor performance, measure energy consumption and provide a robust communications network to support other smart city devices.

This updated specification incorporates feedback from users, recent changes to terminology and updates to domestic and international standards. It also adds new Excel-based returnable schedules to make preparing and responding to tenders easier for all parties.


The Model Specification documents are available for download in two formats:

PDF Master reference document

DOC Customise for individual requirements