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Campus Outdoor Lighting

it is impossible to underestimate the sensitivity of some stakeholders to exterior lighting issues. This document steers away from the politics and places emphasis upon wiring methods that contribute to electrical safety and energy conservation goals of institutionally-owned campus outdoor lighting systems. The IEEE 3001.9 campus lighting chapters shall NOT duplicate aesthetic and energy conservation content that is developed by other standards developers such as the IES and ASHRAE.


Campus Outdoor Lighting

July 1, 2019
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The IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (IEEE E&H) is now writing a chapter on recommended practice for designing, building, operating and maintaining campus exterior lighting systems in the forthcoming IEEE 3001.9 Recommended Practice for the Design of Power Systems for Supplying Commercial and Industrial Lighting Systems; a new IEEE Standards Association product inspired by, and derived from, the legacy “IEEE Red Book“.  The entire IEEE Color Book suite is in the process of being sun-setted and replaced by the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™  which offers faster-moving and more scaleable, guidance to campus power system designers.

Campus exterior lighting systems generally run in the 100 to 10,000 fixture range and are, arguably, the most visible characteristic of public safety infrastructure.   Some major research universities have exterior lighting systems that are larger and more complex than cooperative and municipal power company lighting systems which are regulated by public service commissions.

While there has been considerable expertise in developing illumination concepts by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Illumination Engineering Society, the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers, the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Commission on Illumination, none of them contribute to leading practice discovery for the actual power chain for these large scale systems on a college campus.   The standard of care has been borrowed, somewhat anecdotally, from public utility community lighting system practice.  These concepts need to be revisited as the emergent #SmartCampus takes shape.

The Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Department of IEEE is charged with writing all IEEE power system standards and coordinating their development with the Power Engineering Society and SCC-18 — the committee responsible for coordinating IEEE standards with NFPA standards.  IEEE 3001.9 will replace the lighting chapters the legacy IEEE Red Book.

Progress was made at the last Industrial Applications Society meeting in Portland in late September and that progress is being supported by monthly meetings.   Electrical power professionals who are experts in industrial and commercial lighting systems generally are are encouraged to communicate directly with Steven Townsend ( or Pat Roder ( about participating in the development of IEEE 3001.9 generally or to coordinate their content with electrical professionals on the IEEE committees.  The committee made progress last week in Calgary.   Notification of the next monthly meeting time will be determined by Steven Townsend and will be announced here at Standards Michigan and on the IEEE organization calendar

Electrical power professionals who service the education and university-affiliated healthcare facility industry should communicate directly with Mike Anthony ( or Jim Harvey (  This project is also on the standing agenda of the IEEE E&H committee which meets online 4 times monthly — every other Tuesday — in European and American time zones.  Login credentials are available on its draft agenda page.

Issue: [15-199]

Category: Electrical, Public Safety, Architectural, #SmartCampus, Space Planning, Risk Management

Contact: Mike Anthony, Kane Howard, Jim Harvey, Dev Paul, Steven Townsend, Kane Howard


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