Outdoor and Street Lighting



Outdoor and street lighting play a significant role in our day-to-day lives by making public areas safe and secure. The superior colour quality and energy efficiency provided by LEDs can help reduce electricity costs for business and municipalities while also providing improved visibility and light quality. This portal provides information on products, standards, events, and others so that businesses, municipalities, and agencies can make informed decisions when switching to LED-based outdoor and street lighting.


Pilot Projects and Demonstration Reports

Project reports and summaries compiled from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, U.S. DOE Gateway projects, and other sources of outdoor and street LED lighting demonstrations.

Product Testing, Specifications, and Qualified Products

There are a number of third-party agencies and organizations that conduct and compile unbiased performance results for a widely representative array of commercially available SSL products.


The fast pace of technological advancement and widespread potential applications for SSL has resulted in the development of a number of new national and international standards. We have compiled a list of SSL, use-specific, and general standards which are useful to both users and manufacturers.

SEAD Street Lighting Evaluation Toolkit

The SEAD street lighting tool is the first in a series of tools being developed by the SEAD initiative to facilitate procurement of energy efficient equipment in the public sector. The tool provides a quick, easy way for government procurement officers and lighting specifiers to evaluate the light quality, energy consumption, and life cycle cost of their street lighting alternatives. While not intended to replace professional lighting design software, this tool allows for simple analysis of most design alternatives.

Municipal Policy Options for Advanced Outdoor Lighting

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) was retained by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to develop a policy guide for municipal practitioners and decision-makers to aid with the acceleration and uptake of LEDs and adaptive lighting technology for advanced outdoor lighting. The report looks at a variety of programs in place to promote advanced lighting technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Although each city has adopted policies to promote new lighting technologies, they differ in the level of partnerships, regulations, and incentives that are used to engage the private sector. The report outlines the 5 main barriers to deploying these new developments to the market as well as suggests 14 actions that could be taken to promote these energy saving technologies.