Fundamentals of Street Lighting: Understanding Lighting Assets


2-day course

CPD Credit: 12 hours, C1

Course Format

This blended learning programme consists of:

  • Online modules to be taken in advance of -
  • An expert-led half-day Q&A session.

Course Overview

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In Partnership with ILP

A course for street lighting asset managers filled with information, practical advice and description of the issues with details of options to help your decision making. Everything you wanted to know about the management of street lighting assets but may have been afraid to ask. The course guides asset managers through asset management, risk management and the management of electrical aspects. This includes electricity supplies, mains connections, an explanation of electrical terminology, equipment and electrical management through to simple cable design.

Course Aim

This course has been developed to impart the knowledge and understanding of the issues associated with the management of highway electrical assets.


ULA01 Highways, Lighting & Construction Regs

  • Highway authorities/powers
  • Health & Safety Laws/Construction Regs
  • COSH/PCB's
  • WEEE

ULA 02 Inventories, RM & NRM, Inspections & Testing.

  • Inventories
  • RM & NRM Operations
  • BIM
  • Switching, switch regimes & CMS
  • Unmetered energy

ULA 03 Risk, Risk Management, Asset Management, Residual Life & Policy Development.

  • Risk & risk management
  • Inspection & testing - Structural/Electrical/Optical
  • Asset management & residual life
  • Policy development

ULA 04 Electrical Generation, Distribution & Unmetered Energy.

  • Generation, transmission, distribution system
  • Overhead lines danger
  • DNO cut outs
  • Metered & unmetered supplies
  • Unmetered energy charging

ULA 05 Standards and Competence

  • Standards
  • IS 10101 5th Edition
  • Competence and Training

ULA 06 Cables and Equipment

  • Cables
  • Cable Colours
  • Terminations, Glands, Connections
  • Cable Joints
  • Good and Bad Practice

ULA 07 Electrical Units.

  • Terminology
  • Ohms Law and Power Triangle
  • Calculation Exercise

ULA 08 Design Considerations.

  • Basic Circuit Design
  • Factors Affecting Cable Design
  • Supply Source and Distribution

ULA 09 Power and Generation

  • DC power
  • Single and Three Phase Generation
  • Power Factor

ULA 10 Earthing

  • Earthing Arrangements
  • System Earthing
  • Earth Electrodes, Rods, Mats

ULA 11 Protective Devices

  • Fundamental Principles
  • Overcurrent Protection Devices
  • RCD's and SPD's

ULA 12 Electrical Testing

  • What is Tested/How/Range of Results
  • Earth Electrodes
  • Calibration

Who Should Attend?

Whether you are brand new to the industry or just in need of an informative refresher, this course will bring your knowledge bang up to date enabling you to make informed decisions and represent your organisation effectively.There are no prerequisites to participate, the course has been developed for all knowledge levels.

Trainer Profiles

Peter Harrison, Technical Director, ILP

With over 35 years in the street lighting industry, mainly as a local authority engineer and manager, Peter has a wide range of experience. Peter is a Director of Harrison Lighting Limited acting as an independent consultant in the exterior lighting industry before becoming ILP Technical Director in 2019. Prior to that, he was Head of Lighting Design and Additional Revenue at Balfour Beatty Living Places, responsible for the delivery of the lighting designs for the Core Investment Period (CIP) lighting replacements at Coventry, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire street lighting PFI projects. The role also involved providing advice on invest to save schemes, energy reduction strategies, highway improvement schemes and public realm improvements at PFI projects in Derby, South Tyneside and Sunderland where CIP has been completed.

He was involved in the procurement of the Birmingham Street Services PFI and before that was part of the core team that delivered the Staffordshire street lighting PFI. He has experience of the maintenance and refurbishment of tunnel lighting and management systems. He has experience in developing city beautification policies and strategies, has extensive lighting design experience and working with Planning Authorities carrying out lighting impact assessments.

Peter is experienced in developing street lighting policies, strategies and development plans to assist local authorities to achieve long term savings through Invest to Save strategies, developing carbon management plans and energy reduction strategies.

He is a past Chairman of the Midlands Region Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and represents the ILP Midlands region at national level, has been a tutor and project leader on the ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma since 2003. He was chair of the panel that produced the Code of Practice for Seasonal Decorations, having been author of the original document and was a panel member that produced the ILP Technical report 23: Lighting of cycle tracks. More recently he managed the production of ATOMS, the document replacing Technical Report 22 on the risk management of lighting supports.

Jeff Lewis, Electrical Consultant/Lighting Designer

Jeff has worked in the electrical industry for over 40 years as an Electrical Engineer, roles include electrical contractor, client, electrical project manager, street lighting principle engineer and designer.

Jeff has worked as a Private Consultant and designer within the lighting industry for 5 years, developing projects and advising on electrical matters across the U.K.

Prior to that Jeff worked for Lancashire County Council for 21 years where his work involved lighting design, contract procurement, planning and financial responsibility for large highway and motorway lighting schemes. He has also been responsible for design of motorway communications, including associated power supplies and controls.

Jeff has worked as an integral part of highways, planning and traffic signals to deliver large lighting schemes from concept to completion across Lancashire and Manchester.

Schemes have included the M6 Heysham Bypass, M6 J26-29, M65 overlay, M63, M62 and re-lighting contracts and major lighting schemes at A6 Lancaster, A59 South of Preston and A646 Todmorden to Hebden Bridge.

Jeff has been a member of the ILP since 1994, is a past chairman of the Northern Region (now LDC Manchester) and is the RTLO for that region. He also sits on the ILP Technical Committee and plays an active role in preparing Guidance Notes and Technical Reports.

Jeff is working on a new guidance note on ‘surge protection devices’ to assist lighting engineers in their understanding and use of these devices within the street lighting environment.

Before coming into lighting Jeff worked extensively in industry as an electrical engineer.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email