U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Building Technologies Office – Information Resources

Pedestrian-Friendly Nighttime Lighting

This November 19, 2013 webinar presented issues and considerations related to pedestrian-friendly nighttime lighting, such as color rendering, safety, and adaptation. When it comes to outdoor lighting, the industry has understandably focused on footcandles and uniformity, efficacy, pole spacing, and cutoff—but those are not the chief criteria for all neighborhoods. Presenter Naomi Miller of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discussed the types of communities and spaces that should consider pedestrian-friendly outdoor lighting, what pedestrian-friendly lighting looks like, the basic principles of glare control, color and visibility, and metrics.