Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2022 Quality Outdoor Lighting Master Class

Quality Outdoor Lighting Master Class

Bob Parks, Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA)

Virtual Monday
March 14, 2022

11:00AM - 1:00PM EDT


2 LU | Elective

As part of the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance, Community Friendly Lighting Certification (CFLC) training series, this session will examine best practices for quality outdoor lighting of communities with lecture and hands on demonstrations. Topics will include visibility, glare, CCT, light trespass, visual comfort and safety. While many have read articles or attended presentations on what quality outdoor lighting is or should be, it is far better to have these discussions combined with actual demonstrations.

Participants will receive extensive training on selecting the best lighting fixtures using the BUG rating system and how to choose fixtures that will provide maximum visual comfort while enhancing the ambiance of the community. Fixtures with various optical design and CCT will be used to demonstrate the principles of Community Friendly Lighting.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the essential concepts of quality outdoor lighting and how to implement them.
  • To understand how the color of light can impact visibility and enhance the character and ambiance of the community.
  • Understand how luminaire optical design affects the quality of lighting.
  • Explore and experience first-hand how glare, color and visual comfort directly affect the visibility, quality, and feeling of safety in an outdoor lighting installation.


Bob Parks
Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA)

Bob Parks is an IES member, Lighting Certified (LC), Community Friendly Lighting Certified (CFLC) and an ecological lighting designer/consultant. He currently serves as chair of the of the IES outdoor environmental lighting committee, and is a former member of the IDA/IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) committee.

Mr. Parks is the founder of the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT), an all-volunteer, non-profit, grassroots advocacy group working for safe and efficient outdoor lighting since 2000.

He joined the International Dark-Sky Association in 2009 promoting night sky preservation issues and served as the Executive Director from 2010 to 2014.

In 2014 Mr. Parks left IDA to form the non-profit Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) to promote Smart Urban Lighting and ecologically responsible lighting design. SOLA works with cities to encourage the use of adaptive controls that maximize energy reduction while saving money, reducing CO2, and improving visibility & visual comfort.
SOLA developed the Community Friendly Lighting Program in 2017 to provide specific guidelines for public lighting best practices. The program includes consulting, Community Friendly Lighting training/certification and a list of approved CFL lighting fixtures and controls that promote quality outdoor lighting.