Municipal Street Lighting

Municipal Street lighting: Enhancing Lighting Control, Uniformity, Reliability, and Durability

Road lighting is an important part of municipal lighting solutions. Municipal street lighting has put forward many requirements for street lights, including electrical parameters, optical characteristics, lifetime and structure. At the same time, we also need to provide corresponding reports to prove that these street lights meet relevant requirements. These reports include CE, ENEC, RoHs, CB, ENEC+, LM79, LM80, TM21, IEC62717, IEC62722, LM82, LM84, ISTMT, IP, IK, etc. In addition, we also need to conduct lighting simulations to ensure that the provided lamps can meet the corresponding requirements for road lighting. An in-depth understanding of relevant lighting standards is essential in this regard. Next, we will explain each of these in detail.

Municipal Street Lighting

Lighting standard of municipal street lighting

M lighting category and P lighting category are the two main standards in the road lighting industry. The former is for motorways and the latter is for sidewalks. In lighting design, different wattages and lenses can be used according to different types of lighting devices to achieve appropriate, uniform, and energy-saving municipal lighting with appropriate brightness.

Lighting class standard table for motorways
Lighting class dry wet * TI in % SR
Lav in cd/m2 Uo UI Uo
M1 2 0.4 0.7 0.15 10 0.5
M2 1.5 0.4 0.7 0.15 10 0.5
M3 1 0.4 0.6 0.15 10 0.5
M4 0.75 0.4 0.6 0.15 15 0.5
M5 0.5 0.35 0.4 0.15 15 0.5
M6 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.15 20 0.5
Lighting class standard table for pedestrians
Lighting class Average horizontal illuminance Eav in lx Minimum horizontal illuminance Emin in lx Minimum horizontal illuminance Emin in lx Additional requirement for facial recognition
Ev,min in lx Esc,min in lx
P1 15 3 20 5 3
P2 10 2 25 3 2
P3 7.5 1.5 25 2.5 1.5
P4 5 1 30 1.5 1
P5 3 0.6 30 1 0.6
P6 2 0.4 35 0.6 0.4

Key Factors to Consider in municipal street lighting

  • Parameters: Municipal road lighting puts forward clear requirements for the wattage, lumens, color temperature, color rendering index, lifespan and lens of lamps. For example, the power of lamps is 75 watts, the luminous flux is greater than 10,000 lumens, LED light source, and the color temperature is not less than 4000K. All LED lamps need to have a color temperature of 4000K and a color rendering index (CRI) of 75 or above. The life of LED lamps must be greater than 50,000 hours (L80 standard). The lens requirement is Type II M. We need to compare the specifications of our own luminaires against these requirements to select the luminaires that best suit the needs of the project. In addition, there will also be requirements for lamp materials, dimming functions, intelligent control (NEMA base + controller), light poles and other related parameters. Different projects will have different needs.
  • Simulation: Lighting simulation is often used in municipal lighting. Its main purpose is to confirm the most suitable wattage, lens and layout of lamps for the project. For example, if there is a 7-meter-wide road, 8-meter-high light poles are used, and the distance between light poles is 40 meters, the customer requires that the power of each light is 80 watts, but through lighting simulation, it is found that only 60 watts are actually needed. All you need is a light and a suitable lens. Through simulation, the actual power consumption of the solution was reduced by 25%, which is more conducive to the adoption of the solution. Lighting simulation is also applicable to other lighting, such as stadium lighting (football, tennis, basketball, etc.), factory lighting and other outdoor lighting scenes.
  • Other requirements: IP66 dust-proof and waterproof, IK09 impact-proof level, temperature test reports, etc. are also frequently asked by customers because these indicators involve the performance of lamps in harsh environments. We won’t go into too much detail here. In addition, we need to confirm whether the dimming function of the power supply, the input cable of the lamp, and the label meet the requirements one by one.
  • Certification and reporting: The importance of road lighting certification and reporting is to ensure that the street lights selected meet industry standards and regulatory requirements. These certifications and reports cover the electrical safety and optical performance of lamps, such as CE EMC, CE LVD, ENEC, RoHS, CB, ENEC+, LM79, LM80, TM21, ISTMT, IP test, IK test, salt spray test, structural durability, etc. Suppliers should obtain these certifications and reports to demonstrate the quality and compliance of street lights. For example, CE LVD and ENEC prove the safety of the lamp, ENEC+, LM79, LM80, etc. prove the optical performance, and IP and IK reports prove that the structure of the lamp meets the requirements of the corresponding level. In municipal road lighting projects, we need to pay attention to these certifications and reports to ensure the lighting effect of street lights in actual applications, thereby ensuring the effectiveness, reliability and safety of road lighting.

ZGSM‘s municipal street lighting

Optic design

The optic of ZGSM LED street light is carefully designed and adjusted to achieve precise beam angles and light distribution. Through precise optical design, these fixtures ensure maximum utilization of light while minimizing waste and light pollution. ZGSM’s LED street lights offer a variety of spectrum options (beam angle and light intensity), including Type I, Type II and Type III medium, etc. These spectra, combined with lighting simulations, provide optimal lighting effects for different municipal roads. They increase the visibility of road lighting in a targeted manner, thereby increasing the sense of safety for pedestrians and motorists.

Uniform Illumination

Achieving uniform illumination of all municipal street lights is critical to ensuring the comfort and safety of pedestrians and motorists. ZGSM’s LED street lighting solutions guarantee uniformity in compliance with EN13201 requirements, eliminating black spots and uneven lighting. Through lighting design and superior light distribution options, these luminaires ensure consistent light levels throughout the street, reducing potential hazards and improving visibility for all road users.


Regardless of ambient conditions, municipal lighting systems must operate reliably throughout the night. ZGSM’s LED street lights are excellent in this aspect. By choosing high-end Inventronics power supplies and Lumileds lamp beads, we can ensure that the abrupt failure rate of street lights is very low, which will greatly improve the reliability of the entire lighting system. Sturdy construction and high-quality components also guarantee the street lights have high IP and IK ratings, which makes them withstand harsh weather conditions such as extreme temperatures, rain, and even dust. With these, ZGSM’s LED street lights offer unrivaled reliability, minimizing downtime and maintenance costs.


Longevity is a critical consideration when it comes to municipal street lighting solutions. The life of LED lamps is mainly affected by the working temperature and the quality of the lamp beads, and ZGSM’s LED street lamps use effective heat dissipation mechanism and reliable LED lamp beads to ensure that our lamps have a long service life. Based on relevant reports (including LM80, ISTMT, TM21 and IEC62722 reports), we can self-advertise that the life of our lamps can reach L70>100000hrs. The Reliability and Durability of ZGSM street lamps make them have a very low failure rate and lumen attenuation during the project cycle, that is, they can save a lot of cost during their service life.

In conclusion, ZGSM’s LED street lights stand at the forefront of municipal street lighting solutions. Our team can answer various questions for customers, including lighting design, lamp selection, lamp certification and product customization solutions, etc. In terms of LED street lamp design , our products provide unparalleled performance in terms of optical control, structural strength, reliability and durability. Our Rifle, Falcon, Halo and other street lights can provide lighting for the city well, ensuring a higher With excellent visibility, uniformity, safety and energy efficiency, ZGSM products are exported to countries all over the world. Some models have sold more than 100,000 units and are running stably today. With these good records, ZGSM’s LED street lights are undoubtedly the best choice for anyone looking for Ideal for municipalities upgrading their street lighting infrastructure.

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Municipal street lighting refers to the lighting infrastructure installed and managed by local government authorities in public areas, including streets, roads, parks, and sidewalks.

Municipal street lighting provides improved safety and visibility for pedestrians and motorists, enhances security, reduces accidents and crime rates, and promotes economic activity by extending usable hours for businesses.

Commonly used lamps in municipal street lighting include high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, metal halide lamps, and more recently, LED (light-emitting diode) lamps. LED lamps are gaining popularity due to their energy efficiency and longer lifespan.


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