[Tagging] Proposal - voting finished - man_made=lamp

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 14:52:25 UTC 2013

2013/11/26 Manuel Hohmann <mhohmann at physnet.uni-hamburg.de>

> > A draw means "rejected" as it isn't a majority for "yes".
> A draw is a draw, it's not a majority for "no" either.

yes, rejected ;-)

My aim was to unify the tagging of
> these objects, since they all generate light. This idea is not new -
> think of public_transport=stop_position, for example.

a good example where it didn't work either: there are 1.2M of
highway=bus_stop but only 200K public_transport platform and stop_position.

> Why not e.g. use a tag "floodlights" for certain typology of
> > lights, or "lantern" for another?
> This is also possible, provided that one can easily distinguish these
> topologies. As a remark, "lantern" was also on my list, but as I
> figured out, it usually refers to portable light sources.

there are also fixed lanterns, and there is even another use for it in
architecture, probably you'll find it in this context as well
(building:part etc.)
fixed lantern: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lanterna_cafoscari.jpg
architecture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Laternebap.jpg

One could of course also think of not using man_made at all, and

> introduce light=floodlights etc. as a new primary tag, in order to
> group light sources with a more unified tagging. But honestly I have
> no idea whether this would be better or worse.

You could use man_made=pole / post / mast / tower /... for the
support/structure (if mapped on a node).

What would be other values for this new key?
Checked it, actually "light" is taken:
but "light_type" seems available (zero usage as of taginfo). There is 337
of "security:light_type" which supports the idea that "light_type" is about
the type of lightning device
http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/security%3Alight_type and also the
"lamp_type"s support this reading:
http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/lamp_type (they do not refer to the

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