[Tagging] Proposal - RFC - man_made=lamp

Manuel Hohmann mhohmann at physnet.uni-hamburg.de
Tue Nov 5 07:32:10 UTC 2013


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> Wouldn't it make more sense use the tag light_fixture (de
> Leuchte)?

Let me refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_fixture here.

Yes, indeed I was thinking about this (or rather light_fitting, which
should be UK English), which would be the correct technical term. I
finally used lamp for the following reasons:

- - The term "lamp" is in colloquial use for a light fixture (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamp) and used more often than the
technical term.

- - The term "lamp" appears in combinations such as "street lamp" (also
called "street light"), "signal lamp", and so on.

- - Many of the sub-tags lamp:* actually refer to properties (colour,
power...) of the lamp.

Maybe a native speaker could comment on this, in particular on the
first item and common usage of these terms.

One could also think about "light" instead of "lamp", as in "street
light", "flood light"... But I fear a confusion with traffic lights,
which should not be affected by this.

Best,
Manuel

PS: Unfortunately I'll be leaving for a several week business trip
today and I don't know when I'll be able to do and OSM related stuff
after this. So if anyone would like to "adopt" the proposal from me,
please let me know. Otherwise, and if there is no urgent "veto"
against it, I would open voting, and I'll be back when the voting
period is over.
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