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ANSI C136 Series - Standards for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment


The ANSI C136 Roadway and Area Lighting Committee is actively seeking additional membership from the General Interest membership category. General Interest members in ASC 136 are defined as “an organization or individual that has an interest in the use of equipment included in the scope of a standard, but neither produces nor uses directly.” Please contact committee Secretary Megan Hayes for more information.

ANSI C136.1—Filament Lamps—A Guide for Selection
Provides a guide for the proper selection of filament lamps for use in roadway and area lighting equipment covered by the following standards: C136.4, C136.5, C136.6 and C136.11.

ANSI C136.10—Locking-Type Photocontrol Devices and Mating Receptacles—Physical and Electrical Interchangeability and Testing
Covers the following roadway and area lighting equipment, which may be physically and electrically interchanged to operate within established values: locking-type photocontrol; locking-type mating receptacle; and shorting and non-shorting caps.

ANSI C136.11—Multiple Sockets
Covers medium and mogul multiple sockets used in luminaires designed and intended for use in lighting roadways and other areas open to general public use.

ANSI C136.12—Mercury Lamps—Guide for Selection
Covers the selection of mercury vapor lamps recommended for use in roadway and area lighting equipment.

ANSI C136.13—Metal Brackets for Wood Poles
Covers metal pipe, tubing and structural brackets for wood poles designed to support luminaires of generally spherical, ellipsoidal or rectangular shapes used in roadway and area lighting.

ANSI C136.14—Elliptically Shaped, Enclosed Side-Mounted Luminaires for Horizontal-Burning High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps
Covers dimensional, maintenance and light distribution features that permit the interchange of enclosed side-mounted luminaires for horizontal-burning HID lamps used in roadway and area lighting equipment. 

ANSI C136.15—Luminaire Field Identification
Provides a simple, uniform method for identifying the type and wattage rating of luminaires used for roadway and area lighting. Types include high-intensity discharge, fluorescent, compact fluorescent, light-emitting diode / solid state lighting, induction and plasma technologies.

ANSI C136.16—Enclosed, Post Top-Mounted Luminaires
Covers dimensional, maintenance and light-distribution features that permit the interchange of enclosed, post top–mounted luminaires whose center of mass is approximately over the mounting tenon. Luminaires of similar size, shape and weight meeting the requirements of this standard may be used interchangeably within a system.

ANSI C136.17—Enclosed Side-Mounted Luminaires for Horizontal-Burning High-Intensity Discharge Lamps—Mechanical Interchangeability of Refractors
Covers the dimensional features and the materials of refractors as shown in this standard and as described in C136.14.

ANSI C136.18—High-Mast Side-Mounted Luminaires for Horizontal- or Vertical-Burning High-Intensity Discharge Lamps
Covers physical, operational, maintenance and light-distribution features that permit use of high-mast luminaires in roadway applications when specified.

ANSI C136.19—High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Retrofit HPS Lamps for Mercury Ballasts—Guide for Selection
Covers the selection of HPS lamps recommended for use in roadway and area lighting equipment.

ANSI C136.2—Luminaire Voltage Classification
Covers three voltage classifications for luminaires used in roadway and area lighting, and the general testing methods for determining dielectric withstand and transient voltage withstand.

ANSI C136.20—Fiber-Reinforced Composite (FRC) Lighting Poles
Applies to FRC lighting poles used for roadway and area lighting. Includes nomenclature, dimensional data, performance criteria and some interchangeability features for standard poles as well as those that must meet breakaway requirements for poles as described in Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires and Traffic Signals, AASHTO LTS.

ANSI C136.21—Vertical Tenons Used with Post Top-Mounted Luminaires
Covers the attachment features of vertical tenons on pole tops or brackets used in roadway and area lighting that permit the interchangeability of post top–mounted luminaires.

ANSI C136.22—Internal Labeling of Luminaires
Covers internal luminaire identification labels for all styles of luminaires used for roadway lighting.

ANSI C136.23—Enclosed Architectural Luminaires
Covers physical, operating, maintenance and light-distribution features that permit use of architectural luminaires in roadway applications.

ANSI C136.24—Non-Locking (Button)-Type Photocontrols
Covers the electrical and mechanical interchangeability of non-locking–type photocontrols for mounting within a roadway or off-roadway luminaire.

ANSI C136.25—Ingress Protection (Resistance to Dust, Solid Objects and Moisture) for Luminaire Enclosures
Addresses the protection of luminaires from ingress based on the anticipated environment.

ANSI C136.26—Troubleshooting Guide for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Luminaires
Helps a service person quickly diagnose an HPS luminaire and ensures that the problem is fixed on first attempt.

ANSI C136.27—Tunnel Lighting and Underpass Luminaires
Covers luminaires used for illuminating roadway tunnels and underpasses. The requirements in this standard are limited to general attributes of tunnel luminaires because of the wide variety of possible designs.

ANSI C136.28—Glass Lenses Used in Luminaires
Covers flat and molded glass of soda-lime and borosilicate materials used as lenses for roadway and area lighting luminaires. Includes definitions, criteria and test methods for mechanical and impact strength, thermal shock resistance and temper for both materials.

ANSI C136.29Roadway and Area Lighting EquipmentMetal Halide LampsGuide for Selection
Includes information on screw base single-ended metal halide lamps that can be used in roadway and area lighting equipment.

ANSI C136.3—Luminaire Attachments
Covers attachment features of side- or post top–mounted luminaires used in roadway and area lighting equipment.

ANSI C136.31—Luminaire Vibration
Covers the minimum vibration withstand capability and vibration test methods for roadway and area luminaires.

ANSI C136.32—Enclosed Setback Luminaires and Directional Floodlights for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps
Covers dimensional, maintenance and electrical features that permit the interchange of similar style enclosed luminaires having the same light distribution classification or type for HID lamps used in roadway and area lighting equipment. Luminaires covered by this standard are generally yoke-, trunnion- or tenon-mounted and are traditionally called floodlights or setback luminaires.

ANSI C136.33—Plug-In Type Receptacle and Plug for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Ignitors [Rescinded]
Covers the physical features, dimensions and electrical requirements of mating receptacles for plug-in type HID lamp ignitors used in roadway and area luminaires.

ANSI C136.34—Vandal Shields for Roadway and Area Lighting Luminaires
Covers supplementary vandal shields used to protect luminaires and luminaire accessories used for roadway and area lighting.

ANSI C136.35—Luminaire Electrical Ancillary Devices (LEAD)
Provides guidance for the electrical and mechanical interchangeability of electrical devices mounted on or in luminaires or brackets or remotely mounted on the luminaire support structure.

ANSI C136.36A—Aluminum Lighting Poles
Provides specification information for aluminum lighting poles as used in roadway and area lighting applications.

ANSI C136.36B—Concrete Lighting Poles
This document has been redesignated as ANSI C136.46.

ANSI C136.36C—Steel Roadway and Area Lighting Poles
Provides construction and performance guidance for steel poles used in roadway and area lighting applications. 

ANSI C136.37—Solid State Light Sources Used in Roadway and Area Lighting
The first solid state lighting (SSL) standard produced by ANSI accredited standards committee C136.37, this standard defines interchangeability and some requirements for SSL source fixtures (also referred to as luminaires and LED or light-emitting diode fixtures).

ANSI C136.38—Induction Lighting
Defines electrical and mechanical requirements of induction-type light sources for use in roadway and area lighting luminaires.

ANSI C136.4—Series Sockets and Series-Socket Receptacles
Covers series sockets having medium-impact strength and intended for service at high temperatures; series sockets having high-impact strength and intended for service at limited temperatures; and series-socket receptacles in the 5000 V classification.

ANSI C136.40Solar Lighting Systems
Defines requirements for the specification and installation of dc solar-powered roadway and area lighting systems.

ANSI C136.41For Roadway and Area Lighting EquipmentDimming Control Between an External Locking Type Photocontrol and Ballast or Driver

Describes methods of light level control between an external locking type photocontrol (or similar device) and a dimmable ballast or driver for street and area lighting equipment.  

ANSI C136.46—For Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Concrete Lighting Poles

Applies to concrete lighting poles used in roadway and area lighting equipment and includes nomenclature, performance criteria, marking and record keeping requirements and certain minimal material needs.

ANSI C136.5—Film Cutouts
Covers operating and dimensional features of single-shot film cutouts used with series roadway lighting equipment and circuits that function by dielectric breakdown and subsequent partial fusing of components to establish a shunting electrical circuit to bypass non-operative series roadway lighting equipment.

ANSI C136.6—Metal Heads and Reflector Assemblies—Mechanical and Optical Interchangeability
Covers dimensional features of luminaires with metal heads that permit mechanical and optical interchangeability of head and reflector assemblies.

ANSI C136.9—Socket Support Assemblies for Metal Heads—Mechanical Interchangeability
Covers the following equipment for use in metal heads that are in accordance with the latest revision of C136.6: high-intensity discharge lamp ballast and socket assemblies, and mogul and medium multiple incandescent lamp socket and support assemblies.