Technical Regulations for Lighting and Street Lighting – RETILAP

Since the end of 2011, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has invited citizens, producers, importers, traders, engineering and service companies, professionals, control and certification entities as well as other interested parties to participate in the preparation and presentation of proposals for updating and/or modifying the Technical Regulations for Lighting and Street Lighting (RETILAP).


Using this mechanism, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has provided scenarios for the participation of all the interested parties for the sake of obtaining their impressions and improvement proposals related to the evolution, achievements and problems faced during the implementation of the RETILAP.

Since December 2012, the chapters of the General Annex have been published with proposed modifications.

The presentation of modifications and the reception of contributions and new comments has been carried out since January 2013 by means of an open public call for proposals and in person at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The last session was carried out on Thursday February 21st of 2013 in the Manotas conference room of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

On the other hand, in order to address urgent requests related to the initial application of the content requirements for mercury and lead, as well as clarifying certain requirements for ballasts, decorative lights and others for making certification easier, Resolutions 91872 of December 28th 2012 and 90980 of November 15th of 2013 have been issued, the last of which concerns the communications received from interested parties indicating the inconvenient nature of maintaining the validity of measures that began to be applied on April 01st of 2013 at the end of a transition period that was established since the regulations started to be applied (see below for information on document traceability).

Published documents under discussion


(in Spanish)

The fundamental goal of the regulations is establishing the requirements and measures that lighting and street lighting systems must comply, in order to guarantee: Light energy levels and qualities required for visual activity, the safety of energy provision, consumer protection, the preservation of the environment: preventing, minimizing or eliminating the risks from the installation and use of lighting systems.

The regulations established the general norms that must be taken into account for interior and exterior lighting, including street lighting, within Colombian territory, by promoting the rational and efficient use of energy (URE) in lighting. In this manner, the document established the requirements and minimum specifications for lighting installations that guarantee safety and comfort based on their good design and operational performance, as well as the requirements for the products employed.

Document Traceability

The documents linked below have been made available in Spanish:

Selected Questions

  • Do you wish to know what entities have been authorized by ONAC in order to certify products and end use installations subject to RETILAP?
    Visit ONAC

  • Do you wish to learn more about lighting?
    Article 4 of Resolution 18 1331 of 2009, which first issued the RETILAP, highlighted the importance of providing educational support to the spread of knowledge on lighting matters. To this effect, bulletins with a non-biding nature have been made available in the section for URE, concerning the topics of External Street Lighting, Interior Lighting for Residential Buildings and Interior Lighting for Public Buildings, which have prepared by the National University of Colombia for the Mining and Energy Planning Units. These documents are only available in Spanish.