International Journal of Optics

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Volume 2020 |Article ID 5683264 |

Jetter Lee, Lanh-Thanh Le, Hien-Thanh Le, Hsing-Yuan Liao, Guan-Zhi Huang, Hsin-Yi Ma, Chan-Chuan Wen, Yi Chin Fang, Chao-Hsien Chen, Shun-Hsyung Chang, Hsiao-Yi Lee, "Low-Glare Freeform-Surfaced Street Light Luminaire Optimization to Meet Enhanced Road Lighting Standards", International Journal of Optics, vol. 2020, Article ID 5683264, 12 pages, 2020.

Low-Glare Freeform-Surfaced Street Light Luminaire Optimization to Meet Enhanced Road Lighting Standards

Academic Editor: E. Bernabeu
Received18 Mar 2020
Revised15 Jun 2020
Accepted02 Jul 2020
Published28 Aug 2020


To enhance driving safety at night, a new freeform-surface street light luminaire was proposed and evaluated in this study that meets the requirements of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) M3 class standard for road lighting. The luminaire was designed using simulations to optimize the location of the bulb according to the requirements of the standard. The light source IES file was experimentally obtained for the optimized luminaire prototype with a 150 W ceramic metal halide lamp using an imaging goniophotometer. The trial road lighting simulation results computed by the lighting software DIALux indicated that the proposed luminaire provided an average road surface brightness of 1.1 cd/m2 (compared to a minimum requirement of 1.0 cd/m2), a brightness uniformity of 0.41 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.4), a longitudinal brightness uniformity of 0.64 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.6), and a glare factor of 7.6% (compared to a maximum limit of 15%). The findings of the image goniophotometer tests were then confirmed by the results of a certified mirror goniophotometer test conducted by the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF). The results of this study can be used to provide improved street lighting designs to meet enhanced international standards.

1. Introduction

Road lighting has a considerable influence on traffic safety and the quality of the human environment [13] and is thus an indispensable component of pathways [4, 5], sidewalks, and road equipment [68]. On roads, high visibility and facial recognition are imperative components of the interactions between users [9, 10], and several studies of road lighting have accordingly demonstrated the benefits of public lighting installations on road safety, crime prevention, and traffic flow [13, 11]. Currently employed street lighting technology is built upon years of experience and research [68, 12, 13]. However, it is necessary to improve street lighting quality in terms of efficiency, road surface luminance, illumination uniformity, and glare reduction to meet recent updates to international standards [14, 15].

Lighting quality plays an important role in determining the visual performance and comfort of road users and can keep drivers alert to reduce the incidence of car accidents. Indeed, inferior lighting conditions can have negative effects on mobility behavior, subjective perception of public space, and traffic safety [16]. In particular, the subjective experience of safety and security outdoors at night is considerably influenced by street lighting performance [1719]. The luminaire mounting height, street light spacing, luminaire inclination angle, and road surface properties are essential for ensuring the desired street lighting performance, measured in terms of the average road surface brightness, brightness uniformity, longitudinal brightness uniformity, and threshold increment (glare factor) [13, 20]. Furthermore, though the use of light-emitting diode (LED) technology requires less energy consumption and can provide longer-lasting lighting than conventionally used discharge lamps [2124], there remain several disadvantages to the use of LED lights, such as their higher cost, unpredictable lifetime, and excess blue/white glare for human eyes [2527].

In this study, a freeform-surfaced luminaire is therefore proposed and demonstrated to meet the requirements of the CIE M3 class standard using a 150 W ceramic metal halide discharge lamp. Based on the experimental results, a road lighting plan for a trial road is then evaluated using the proposed luminaire considering the requirements of the CIE M3 class standard.

2. Luminaire Design Principles

A freeform-surface street light luminaire should be designed and developed in accordance with relevant lighting standards and specifications in order to ensure that it provides sufficient luminance and uniformity performance. According to the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) standard, the parameters of lighting quality include the average road surface luminance, Lavg, brightness uniformity, Uo, longitudinal brightness uniformity, UL, and threshold increment (glare factor), TI [13, 58, 28]. The CIE standards provide different lighting parameter requirements according to level, as shown in Table 1 [6, 911, 2427, 29, 30].

Lighting levelStipulated lighting quality parameters


The average luminance, Lavg, is the brightness of the road surface as experienced by a driver and must be maintained above a certain level throughout the entire service life of the luminaire. It is related to the light distribution of the luminaire and its installation position as well as the reflective properties of the road surface. The overall uniformity of road surface luminance, Uo, is a measure of how evenly lit the road surface is; a low Uo value means that there is a significant change in luminance on the road [16, 810, 28]. It is determined by dividing the minimum value of luminance, Lmin, by the average luminance, Lavg, as given by

The longitudinal uniformity of road surface luminance, UL, is related to the comfort of the driver under the subject lighting environment, determined as the ratio of Lmin to the maximum luminance, Lmax, on the road, as given by

The threshold increment TI is a measurement of the visibility loss caused by the road lighting equipment and is calculated by determining whether the incremental percentage of luminance difference of an object can be clearly identified in the presence of glare. The TI is thus a measure of the loss of contrast due to light shining directly from the luminaire into a driver’s eye. This effect is commonly referred to as disability glare. The physiological effects of disability glare increase with driver age, so it is of particular concern in any country with an aging driving population. To calculate TI, if 0.05 cd⋅m−2 < Lavg < 5 cd⋅m−2, thenand if Lavg > 5 cd⋅m−2, thenwhere is the luminance of the light curtain displayed by n lighting lamps in the field of vision (cd⋅m2), determined bywhere Eeye,i is the illuminance on the plane perpendicular to the sight line for a viewer’s eye height 1.5 m above the road (lux), θ is the angle (in radians) between the line of sight and the center of the luminaire, n is the number of luminaires in the field of view, and k is a constant that varies with the age of the viewer A according to

The objective of this study was to design a freeform-surfaced luminaire for a street light that meets the CIE M3 class lighting standards in order to provide a safe and comfortable road lighting environment for drivers. The flow chart of the luminaire design for the new street light is shown in Figure 1. In order to provide a more accurate optical simulation, a physical source model of the Philips Lighting MASTERColour CDM-T Elite 150 W/930 G12 1CT/12 metal halide lamp to be used with the proposed luminaire was built according to the relevant structural specifications and the specified light distribution, as shown in Figures 2 and 3, respectively. Using the resulting metal halide lamp physical source model, a new street light luminaire was designed and used to create a trial road lighting plan that meets the CIE M3 class requirements.

3. Design of Freeform-Surfaced Luminaire

In this study, a new street lighting luminaire was designed using a freeform-surfaced optical reflector for a metal halide lamp in order to provide CIE standard street lighting. Accordingly, a source model of the Philips MASTERColour bulb was constructed and analyzed using the SolidWorks mechanical design software and TracePro optical analysis software, respectively. The resulting source model and its simulated light intensity distribution curve (LIDC) are shown in Figure 4. The optical reflector of the luminaire designed in this study is comprised of multisegmented mirror surfaces and is 251.162 mm long and 173.716 mm wide, as shown in Figure 5. The light source model and the freeform-surfaced luminaire model files from SolidWorks were imported into the TracePro optical simulation software, where the light source parameters and the luminaire surface properties were set in order to obtain the LIDC and the IES far field source file for the new street light luminaire.

In order to conduct a road lighting analysis using the proposed streetlight luminaire on a trial road as per the CIE standard test, the road environment parameters, street light arrangement, and illumination parameters were set in the DIALux lighting design software to calculate Lavg, Uo, UL, and TI. The street light parameters are shown in Figure 6 and included a luminaire height of 12 m, a distance between lamp pole and luminaire of 2 m, a length of protrusion of 1.5 m, and an arm inclination of 15°. The trial road environment was 14 m wide carrying four lanes and the spacing between the light poles was 50 m along on only one side of the road, as shown in Figure 7.

In order to optimize the design of the proposed luminaire to meet the CIE M3 class standard, the add-on ray tracing simulation tool OptisWorks (Optis SAS, La Farlede, France), embedded in SolidWorks, was used to determine the xi, yj, and zj coordinates of the bulb in the luminaire that provide the optimal lighting performance. These coordinates are defined in Figure 8, and the optimization process flowchart is shown in Figure 9. During the optimization process, the optimization object function f was established by a genetic algorithm and is given by [22, 27]where ϕi represents the coordinates of each orientation, nj is the value of the measured target, determined by an intensity sensor during each optimization pass when running the program; and tj is the optimization target defined according to the requirements of the CIE M3 class standard, in this case, Uo and UL. The optimal light bulb position coordinates x, y, and z were thus determined bywhere i is the step number, and xi, yi, and zi are the function coefficients of each coordinate value. For brevity, these coefficients are written as vectors x = (x1, x2,..., xi), y = (y1, y2,..., yi), and z = (z1, z2,..., zi). The interval range of the target coefficients was set to Uo = [0.4, 0.6], UL = [0.6, 0.8], and TI =[1, 14]. Discrete optimization algorithms were used on finite subsets in which the possible values were xi, yi, ziϵ {−5, 0, 5}.

The new street light design with the optimal bulb position was accomplished using the OptisWork searching algorithm and was confirmed by TracePro optical software. The LIDCs of the proposed luminaire according to different basic bulb positions and the final LIDC under the optimal bulb position (−0.2, 1.2, 0) are shown in Figure 10. The IES source files associated with these LIDCs were obtained and imported into DIALux to establish the lighting performance simulation according to the road lighting environment settings. The simulation results shown in Table 2 indicate that the optimal bulb position provides improved performance over the basic positions in terms of each evaluation item for the CIE M3 class.

Light bulb positionUoULTI

(0, 0, 0)0.410.6214.5
(−5, 0, 0)0.370.6822
(0, 5, 0)0.400.7615
(5, 0, 0)0.430.5510
(0, −5, 0)0.410.7313
Optimal position (−0.2, 1.2, 0)0.470.799.5

4. Optical Measurements and Analysis

To confirm the simulation results against actual measurements, the proposed streetlight luminaire was prototyped using a high-precision aluminum mold based on a 3D CAD file of the optimized street light and is shown in Figure 11. A Philips MASTERColour CDM-T Elite 150 W/930 G12 1CT/12 metal halide lamp was then fixed in the prototype at the previously obtained optimal position (−0.2, 1.2, 0). An imaging goniophotometer produced by Radiant Imaging Co. Ltd., shown in Figure 12, was then used to obtain the entire light intensity distribution map and LIDC of the prototype, shown in Figure 13. The measured IES light source file for the optimized street light sample was then imported into DIALux to confirm whether or not the road lighting performance conformed to the CIE M3 class standard.

The resulting road lighting performance coefficients are detailed in Table 3, which confirms that the proposed luminaire provides trial road lighting that meets the CIE M3 class standard. Based on the simulation results shown in Table 3, the brightness uniformity Uo of Lane 1, Lane 2, and Lane 3 is 0.41 and Lane 2 is 0.42, respectively. The longitudinal brightness uniformity Ul and the glare factor TI are 0.63 and 8% (Lane 1), 0.69 and 9% (Lane 2), 0.61 and 7% (Lane 3), 0.64 and 5% (Lane 4), respectively. On the other hand, the experimental results indicate a controlling Lavg of 1.1 cd/m2, Uo of 0.41 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.4), UL of 0.64 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.6), and TI of 7.6% (compared to a maximum limit of 15%). The prototype street light was also evaluated by the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) using a type C mirror goniophotometer in their certification laboratory, with the results shown in Table 4. The data in Table 4 are close to the measurement results obtained by the imaging goniophotometer in Table 3, verifying the accuracy of the optical measurements conducted in our laboratory. A flow chart of the complete optical evaluation of the prototype streetlight is shown in Figure 14.


For the whole road0.420.6310
Lane 10.420.669
Lane 20.420.6310
Lane 30.420.699
Lane 40.440.777


For the whole road0.410.619
Lane 10.410.638
Lane 20.410.699
Lane 30.410.617
Lane 40.420.645

5. Discussions and Conclusions

In this study, a freeform-surfaced luminaire was proposed that uses a 150 W Philips CDM-T MASTERColour compact metal halide discharge lamp to provide counter beam lights meeting the requirements of the CIE M3 class street lighting standard. The optimal design of the street light luminaire was achieved using the TracePro and DAILux optical design software packages. In order to demonstrate the practicality of the design, a physical prototype of the proposed luminaire was evaluated in the laboratory using an imaging goniophotometer. The reliability of these test results was confirmed by a mirror goniophotometer test conducted in a laboratory certified by the TAF. The road condition simulation results obtained using the two measurements show only minor deviations between each other and the optimized design, and thus meet the CIE M3 class street lighting standard. The results indicate that the prototype provides an average road surface brightness Lavg of 1.1 cd/m2, brightness uniformity Uo of 0.42 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.4), longitudinal brightness uniformity UL of 0.75 (compared to a minimum requirement of 0.6), and glare factor TI of 9.5% (compared to a maximum limit of 15%). Moreover, the proposed freeform-surface design was found to enhance the output surface brightness by 5% compared to the conventional design. The findings of this study are expected to aid in the design of street lights to meet the enhanced requirements of the most recent international standards.

Data Availability

No data were used to support this study.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors would like to thank Editage ( for English language editing.


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