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IPWEA SLSC Model LED Public Lighting Specification V2.0 – 2019

Version 1 of the Model Specifications published in July 2017 has been updated to Version 2 and circulated to the IPWEA’s SLSC (Street Lighting and Smart Controls) partners for comment.

IPWEA SLSC Model LED Public Lighting Specification – Consolidated Comment Review – 29 November 2019

The draft Version 2 was circulated on 14 October 2019 with a request for review by SLSC Programme Partners. The attached document summarises how each of the 76 comments from 10 respondents was addressed and included both commentary and editorial actions being taken in the finalisation of the specification.

See attached file: IPWEA SLSC Model LED Public Lighting Specification – Consolidated Comment Review – 29 November 2019
The respondents were:
Signify (previously Philips Lighting)
Sylvania Lighting
Light Source Solutions
City of Ipswich
City of Sydney
Lighting Council New Zealand
Department of the Environment and Energy
Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand

We thank the respondents for their well-considered perspectives and input, and we have actioned as many of the recommendations as possible.

Model specifications for LED street lighting and smart controls, IPWEA & the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, July 2017
These model specifications are designed to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies for public lighting by assisting buyers, vendors, contractors, funders and advisors to engage confidently and efficiently in the procurement of LED lighting and controls. They are compatible with AS/NZS standards, customisable to a range of projects and needs, use easy to understand language, and are available free of charge. They were authored for IPWEA and the Australian Government by Bryan King and Godfrey Bridger of New Zealand’s Strategic Lighting Partners, together with Graham Mawer of Australia’s Next Energy.

‘Shedding New Light’, Local Government Magazine, April 2017; authored by Godfrey Bridger and Bryan King
Two recent events provide a huge boost to New Zealand Councils for their road lighting plans. On 6 March the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) announced all qualifying upgrades to LED street lighting by NZ Councils would receive 85% funding by NZTA. In December 2016 the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) released a world-first strategic plan for road lighting, called the SLSC (Street Lighting and Smart Controls) Roadmap.
This article examines how the SLSC Roadmap applies to NZ, the differences in road lighting between NZ and Australia, and the top five barriers to adopting LED lighting with smart controls.

Roadmap for the Street Lighting Smart Controls Programme, IPWEA & the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 2016
This major report on the future of Australia’s street lighting provides a pathway to a LED street lighting rollout that would save Australian councils $100 million per year.
An initiative of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), and lead-authored by NZ specialist consultancy Strategic Lighting Partners, the Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme Roadmap makes 12 recommendations to fast-track Australia’s changeover to LED street lighting.
Compiled with the support of the Department of the Environment and Energy as well as major lighting and smart controls companies, the Roadmap demonstrates the massive economic, environmental and public safety benefits of light emitting diode, or LED street lighting.

Submission to the NZ Electricity Authority on its ‘Proposed changes to participant audit regime’ consultation paper, December 2015
SLP’s submission recommends that EA auditing requirements for Distributed Unmetered Load (DUML) – of which the largest proportion is road lighting – be changed to anticipate the rapid introduction of new solid state lighting technologies and control systems.

‘New Zealand and Australian LED road lighting’: Presentation to the 34th IESNA Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) 4-7 October 2015 Savannah, Georgia, USA (12Mb)
Presenters: Godfrey Bridger, Strategic Lighting Partners, and close collaborator Graham Mawer, NEXT Energy.  Description: “This session focuses on the Australian and NZ experiences in adopting LEDs, and some key differences that provide interesting insights for the US and international lighting industry.”

Analysis of Essential Energy Proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), 7 August 2014
Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd (SLP) was commissioned by CENTROC (Central NSW Regional Organisation of Councils) to analyse Essential Energy’s “Public Lighting Proposal” to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) of May 2014 for the 2015-2019 regulatory period.  SLP’s report concluded that Essential Energy’s proposal to increase total public lighting costs by an average of 67% (total $6.2 million) or 94% (operating $6.5 million) across all councils was not justified on the evidence presented. The report is published on the Australian Energy Regulator website and can be found here.

Towards More Sustainable Street Lighting, July 2014
IPWEA, 2014. PN 11: Towards More Sustainable Street Lighting (July 2014). Practice Note prepared by Next Energy and Strategic Lighting Partners for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Limited (IPWEA) and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). This Practice Note: • lays out the emerging street lighting options for Local Government; • explains how these options will reduce costs, improve service levels and improve environmental outcomes; • highlights key impediments to securing these potential benefits; • makes recommendations for action.
This report can be downloaded for free or a hard copy purchased for $30 ex GST from IPWEA’s website here.

Strategic Road Lighting Opportunities for NZ (large file – 25Mb)
A report commissioned by the NZ Transport Authority (NZTA).
This May 2012 report examines the economic development opportunities for NZ through early adoption of new generation road lighting technologies, as well as the potential for safety improvements and for efficiencies that could substantially benefit both central and local government. – This is a big file (25Mb) 

Lighting the Way to Road Safety – A Policy Blindspot? 
A report presented to the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 4-6 October 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.
With better road lighting, New Zealand could reduce its night-time road fatalities and injuries by 35%, saving 61 lives and 1,538 other road users from injury each year, and substantially reducing the estimated $1.2 billion annual cost to the country of night-time road deaths and injuries. (2.34Mb) PDF file of the Power Point presentation (23 MB)

Road Lighting Conferences

Road Lighting 2014: Innovation • Efficiency • ŸSafety

Awards_logo_2014_WINNER-1The inaugural Australasian conference and exhibition for road lighting professionals and road lighting authorities, Road Lighting 2014: Innovation • Efficiency • ŸSafety, was held in March 2014 at the Langham Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.  RL2014 attracted an international audience and wide media interest. It was also won the ‘Special Event’ category at the 2014 Public Relations Institute of NZ Awards for conference organiser Strategic Partners Ltd.

Road Lighting 2015: Smart City Investment was the successful follow-up to RL2014 that highlighted international best-practice in LED road lighting and was a platform for the Minister of Transport and Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges, to announce an accelerated funding programme for LED road lighting through the New Zealand Transport Agency. The accompanying exhibition also offered a prime opportunity for a range of organisations to showcase their expertise and leadership for the move to LED road lighting in New Zealand and Australia.

3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls, Brisbane, March 2017, was held in partnership with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) to secure the future of this conference series. This conference and exhibition was a platform for IPWEA and the Australian Department of Environment and Energy to provide another tool in support of a LED street lighting rollout following the launch of the Roadmap for the Street Lighting Smart Controls (SLSC) programme.

For more information about this conference series please go to or contact Godfrey Bridger, Conference Manager at

Thank you to the partners and sponsors of Road Lighting 2014 who supported the original concept.


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