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LighTimes: DOE Municipal Solid State Lighting Consortium Publishes Version 2.0 of its Model Specification for Outdoor Lighting Control Systems

01 May 2014

May 1, 2014…The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium’s has created the Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems. The model specification is designed to help cities, utilities, and other local agencies accelerate their adoption of systems that can augment the energy and maintenance cost reductions of energy efficient street lights.

Street light monitoring and control systems currently have some enticing capabilities. However, the DOE notes that users looking into street lights are uncertain about how or even if monitoring and control systems should be implemented and how their value can be assessed. As a result, user interests currently vary widely and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future.

According to DOE, interest in control and monitoring will vary widely until standards for adaptive lighting best practices can be established and the ability to forecast energy and maintenance savings (along with the value of other features) becomes more universally proven.

Version 2.0 is a major update to the original Model Specification for Adaptive Control and Remote Monitoring of LED Roadway Luminaires. It has been renamed “Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems” to better reflect its evolving scope.

The Model Specification remains a work-in-progress that reflects user experiences and the changing commercial market. Major updates in V2.0 include: the introduction of a Backhaul Communication Network section with associated requirements; separation of the Start-Up and Commissioning sections with updated or enhanced requirements for both; and further refinement focused on facilitating independent bids for Central Management System(s), Backhaul Communication Network(s), and Field Devices. The latter focuses on improving user ability to tender multi-vendor, multi-bid projects. V2.0 also includes more user notes, new and updated references to industry standards activities, and continued clarification of specifications recommended for all users vs. those deemed optional and likely to be only required by some users.

Download the Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems, V2.0

The press release about the Model specification stated, “MSSLC welcomes questions about the goals and development of this tool, and any suggestions for its further improvement.”

The DOE also encourages municipalities and utilities that are particularly interested in future developments of the model specification to inquire about joining the MSSLC task force that continues seeks ways to improve the model specification. The DOE asks that comments and questions be sent to