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Streetlights

Overview:

To report an issue with a streetlight, please submit a Service Request via the Online Service Center or by phone at 311 (landline within Berkeley) or 510-981-CITY(2489).

To request the installation of a new streetlight, please complete the Application for New Streetlight and email the completed application to pwworks@cityofberkeley.info.

In accordance with the Climate Action Plan, the City of Berkeley replaced conventional street lights with more efficient lighting technologies to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting provides an improved, whiter, clearer light quality which enhances night visibility while lowering energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance costs. These new LEDs have directional light which provides more control over what is lit (streets and sidewalks) versus what should remain dark (the night sky). This makes it easier to comply with the Dark Skies Initiative (http://www.darksky.org/), which aims to reduce light pollution and its associated wildlife impacts.

Saving Energy:In 2013, streetlights consumed 32% of the City's municipal electricity load and account for 900 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. With the retrofit of more than 8,000 streetlights by March 2015, the City-wide LED street lighting was reduced to 19% of the City’s total electrical energy load.

Benefits of LED Lighting:

  • Improved lighting conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Reduced maintenance and replacement costs
  • Improved night visibility due to higher color rendering and higher color temperature
  • Increased light uniformity and distribution of light between poles
  • Enhanced directionality and controllability, reduced light pollution
  • Significantly longer lifespan
  • Instant-on with no run-up or re-strike delays
  • Less toxic, LED lights contain no mercury or lead and are 100% recyclable
  • Lower environmental footprint
  • Smarter lighting control technology including remote monitoring and control for lights

More Information:

Link to Office of Energy and Sustainable Development homepage

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