BS 5489-1:2020 Design of road lighting. Lighting of roads and public amenity areas. Code of practice

BS 5489-1:2020

Design of road lighting. Lighting of roads and public amenity areas. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : May 2020



What is BS 5489-1:2020 about?

BS 5489-1 is a revision of the British Standard for road lighting design. It provides guidance and recommendations that are intended to support the BS EN 13201 series and to assist designers of lighting systems in using that standard.

Who is BS 5489-1:2020 for?

The standard is essential for local authority lighting or highway professionals as well as professionals involved in lighting design or manufacture within the highway electrical sector. Users will be:

  • Electrical and mechanical engineers
  • Lighting engineers
  • Surveyors and road construction planners 
  • Civil engineers
  • Town planners and local government authorities
  • Lighting manufacturers

Why should you use BS 5489-1:2020?

It promotes a wider understanding of the lighting of roads and public amenity areas and gives guidance on the design decisions that need to be made. Rather than being prescriptive, it makes recommendations that are essential to the design process and that will enable production of designs that are appropriate and justifiable.

BS 5489-1:2020 includes:

  • Recommendations on the general principles of road lighting and its aesthetic and technical aspects
  • Guidance on operation and maintenance
  • Guidance on means of minimizing energy consumption and limiting the impact on the environment and adjacent property
  • Recommendations for the design of lighting for all types of highway and public thoroughfares, including those specifically for pedestrians and cyclists, and for pedestrian subways and bridges
  • Recommendations for the design of lighting for urban centres and public amenity areas
  • Recommendations and guidance for lighting relating to smart cities
  • Additional recommendations for lighting around aerodromes, railways, coastal waters, harbours and navigable waterways to minimize the possibility of the lighting interfering with these modes of transport.

NOTE: The lighting of vehicular tunnels and underpasses is covered in BS 5489-2.

How has BS 5489-1:2020 changed since the last update?

The principal changes compared to the 2013 edition are to align the standard with current best practice and with the BS EN 13201 series. New guidance is provided for lighting design when located within a “smart city” environment or when co-located with electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Standard NumberBS 5489-1:2020
TitleDesign of road lighting. Lighting of roads and public amenity areas. Code of practice
Publication Date20 May 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 13201-4:2015, BS EN 13201-2:2015, BS EN 12464-2:2014, BS EN 13201-3:2015, BS EN 12464-1:2011, BS EN 13201-5:2015, BS EN 12665, BS EN 60598-2-3, BS 5266-1, BS 7671, BS 6100-2, BS 8300-2, BS EN 40, BS EN 62305, BS EN 12767, BS EN 60598-1, PD 6547
Informative References(Provided for Information)Civil Aviation Act 1982, Traffic Signs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997, Road Hump (Scotland) Regulations 1998, Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, BS 1376, Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993, Electricity Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, Highways (Road Hump) Regulations 1999, BS 5489-2, BS 5837, Air Navigation Order 2016, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, Parish Councils Act 1957, Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Public Health Act 1961, Highways Act 1980, BS EN 60529, Local Government Act 1996, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Road Hump Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, PD CEN/TR 13201-1:2014, ISO/CIE TS 22012:2019, PAS 180:2014
ReplacesBS 5489-1:2013
Draft Superseded By19/30374698 DC
DescriptorsRoad junctions, Main roads, Lighting equipment, Pedestrian roads, Road safety, Waterways, Railways, Motor roads, Footpaths, Parking areas, Bridges, Road lighting, Lighting systems, Subways, Roads, Urban areas, Road-lighting lanterns, Harbours, Airports, Town centres, Motorways
ISBN978 0 539 00275 1
File Size2.674 MB

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