Legislation for Public Outdoor Lighting in the EU


Since 2004 the European Member States are held to common minimum requirements for street lighting, which are defined in EN 13 201 standard “Road lighting”. Part 1: “Selection of lighting classes” does not apply EU-wide because the member states failed to reach final agreement. Part 2 “Performance requirements”, Part 3 “Calculation of performance” and Part 4 “Methods of measuring lighting performance” apply to all EU member states and substitute the former national standards, such as e.g. DIN 5044 in Germany.

Basic terms for general lighting

The EN 12665 “Light and lighting – Basic terms and criteria for specifying lighting requirements” defines terms in common use for numerous applications. This standard applies in all EU member countries.

Outdoor work places

The standard DIN EN 12464-2 deals with the lighting requirements of outdoor workplaces.


A European Standard exists covering minimum sports lighting levels EN 12193:2007

EU standards for lighting are taking account of visual performance and visual comfort. They provide minimum levels of lighting for security, but no EU standards exist today to limit lighting with maximum levels for the protection from negative impact of too intense, misuse of artificial light. The norms are provided from a lighting engineering point of view and lack interdisciplinary input from chronobiology and ecology. As the standards are provided without democratic participation they cannot affect legal obligations.

Here we list national and regional laws against light pollution in EU member states