Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Community Friendly Lighting

Community Friendly Lighting Training 101

Bob Parks, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA)

Tuesday, March 12
11:00am –12:30pm
Room: Gibson
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU


Community Friendly Lighting Training 101 is the first course in a series required to meet the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) Outdoor Lighting Best Practices Certification.

Community Friendly Lighting best practices focuses on public lighting in residential neighborhoods and promotes pedestrian safety, visibility, and visual comfort while maximizing energy efficiency. Community Friendly Lighting best practices also minimizes glare, light trespass, skyglow and ecological disruption.

This introductory session covers the practical application of Community Friendly Lighting, which includes Public outreach; Stakeholder engagement; Fixture Evaluation/Selection; Lighting design, Controls; Pilot testing; and Public Surveys. It is designed to prepare lighting design professionals, public officials, and lighting contractors to implement successful LED street lighting conversions by better understanding lighting quality and its impact on visual comfort and visibility. Topics will include how consistent public engagement improves outcomes; balancing luminance, uniformity and visual comfort to improve visibility; and choosing the best luminaire.

During this 90-minute classroom-style session, attendees will be encouraged to participate by asking questions and presenting issues encountered in their work. Attendees will analyze lighting design plans and photos from actual installations and learn how to critically assess the importance of each element of Community Friendly Lighting in achieving successful LED conversions.

For attendees that want to pursue the SOLA Outdoor Lighting Best Practices Certification, a separate written test will be give during lunch. You are not required to take the test to attend the session.



Bob Parks, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA)
Bob Parks is an IES member, Lighting Certified (LC), 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 pro bono consulting, a lighting equipment certification program and a municipal designation for communities that deploy LED lighting that meet it’s best practice requirements.