Lighting for Exterior Environments

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The intent of this Recommended Practice is to address the design issues related to outdoor lighting. It also outlines the environmental considerations of outdoor lighting especially related to sky glow and light trespass. In addition, this RP provides information on how to assign lighting zones, and how to use the Joint IDA-IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) and User’s Guide as a basis for an outdoor lighting ordinance. Finally, this RP discusses community based design, and specific recommendations for lighting outdoor areas.

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The intent of this Recommended Practice is to address the design issues related to outdoor lighting. It also outlines the environmental considerations of outdoor lighting especially related to sky glow and light trespass. In addition, this RP provides information on how to assign lighting zones, and how to use the Joint IDA-IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) and User’s Guide as a basis for an outdoor lighting ordinance.  Finally, this RP discusses community based design, and specific recommendations for lighting outdoor areas.

A number of other IES recommended practices (RPs) and the IES Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition provide design guidelines for specific outdoor lighting applications. This document is not intended to supersede those RPs or the IES Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition. Rather, it will link the various documents together, augmenting them in subject areas not otherwise covered. This document will also aid in establishing community themes and lighting zone classifications. Where conflicting uses and desires for the nighttime environment arise, the parties involved should work together to resolve the issues by reviewing all of the relevant criteria to reach a consensus about which criteria will guide the final resolution.

Softcover or Digital PDF: 48 pages
Publisher: Illuminating Engineering Society (2014)
SKU: RP-33-14
ISBN-13: 978-0-87995-301-0
Dimensions: 8½” x 11″

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x .25 in
Format

Digital, Softcover

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Outdoor Lighting Design Considerations
  • Developing a Lighting Ordinance
  • Community Responsive Design
  • Exterior Features
  • Roadway and Street Lighting
  • Walkway and Bikeway Lighting
  • Pedestrian Mall and Plaza Lighting
  • Parking Lot Lighting
  • Outdoor Sports Lighting
  • Outdoor Retail Lighting
  • Specialty Lighting
  • Selecting Light Source Systems
  • Annex A – Glossary of Terms
  • Annex B – Luminaire Classification
  • References