Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published two ANSI C136 series standards for roadway and area lighting equipment:

  • ANSI C136.15-2011, "American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Luminaire Field Identification"
  • ANSI C136.36A-2010, "American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Aluminum Lighting Poles"
Both standards were produced by the ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting.

ANSI C136.15, last revised in 2009, provides marking guidance for outdoor luminaires using a variety of light sources. This revision incorporates labeling and marking guidance for solid state, fluorescent, plasma, and induction lighting. The standard is intended to be used by utilities and area lighting planners that install and maintain roadway and area lighting systems.

ANSI C136.36A, a new standard, details construction and performance specifications for aluminum lighting poles as used in roadway and area lighting applications. Other standards in the ANSI C136 series cover similar information for concrete (C136.36B) and steel (C136.36C) poles.

The contents and scope of ANSI C136.15 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $33, by visiting For ANSI C136.36A, $53, go to Both standards may also be purchased by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the United States), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or

The ANSI C136 series of standards covers a range of topics related to roadway and area lighting, including filament lamps, vertical tenons, and vandal shields. To view a comprehensive list of standards in the ANSI C136 series, go to