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Outdoor Lighting Standards

Outdoor Workplace Lighting Standards deal with recommended lighting practices for outdoor workplaces as the efficient management of these systems. Properly designed outdoor lighting is crucial to the preservation of safe work practices and the reduction of work-related injury. In addition to increasing security, Outdoor Workplace Lighting Standards elucidate the implementation of photocontrols for the management of outdoor lighting fixtures. Related standards outline guidelines for controlling the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting, such as the effects on nearby residents, roads in proximity, astronomical observation, and so forth.

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IES TM-15-11

Luminaire Classification System for Outdoor Luminaires

This Technical Memorandum defines a classification system for outdoor luminaires that provides information to lighting professionals regarding the lumen distribution in zones of specific interest. The lumens in the zones defined by this system are intended to be one of the metrics used to evaluate luminaire optical distribution and the potential for light pollution and obtrusive light, but not the only metric that should be evaluated. Light pollution and obtrusive light result not only from the optical characteristics of luminaires, but also from the application of those luminaires to an outdoor site or roadway. A detailed evaluation of the lighting performance for the outdoor site should be based not only on the luminaire optics, but also on the overall system design, including luminaire locations, utilization of light where it is needed, lighting quality, visual tasks, aesthetics, safety requirements, and security issues. Addendum A: Includes Backlight, Uplight, and Glare Ratings.

ISO/CIE 8995-3:2018

Lighting of work places - Part 3: Lighting requirements for safety and security of outdoor work places

ISO/CIE 8995-3:2018 specifies the lighting requirements which will contribute to the visual needs for safety and security within outdoor work places.

AS/NZS 1680.5:2012

Interior and workplace lighting - Outdoor workplace lighting (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Sets out general principles and recommendations for the permanent lighting of exterior workplaces.

BS EN 12464-2:2014

Light and lighting. Lighting of work places. Outdoor work places (British Standard)

This European Standard specifies lighting requirements for outdoor work places, which meet the needs for visual comfort and performance. All usual visual tasks are considered. This European Standard is not applicable for emergency lighting; see EN 1838 and EN 13032-3. This European Standard does not specify lighting requirements with respect to the safety and health of workers at work and has not been prepared in the field of application of Article 153 of the EC treaty, although the lighting requirements, as specified in this standard, usually fulfil safety needs. Lighting requirements with respect to the safety and health of workers at work may be contained in Directives based on Article 153 of the EC treaty, in national legislation of member states implementing these directives or in other national legislation of member states. This European Standard neither provides specific solutions, nor restricts the designerÆs freedom from exploring new techniques nor restricts the use of innovative equipment.

AS/NZS 4282:2019

Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Specifies requirements for the control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting. It includes limits for the relevant lighting parameters to control these effects. Primarily applicable to new installations. Some advice is provided on remedial measures that may be taken for existing installations.


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