If you are planning to install or modify street lights in your city, it is important to understand their function and location. You should also understand the costs involved in their maintenance. The SFPUC is currently developing a street light catalog, which will be an official process for approving street lights. In the meantime, if you are planning to install street lights that are not included in the SFPUC catalog, you must apply for a variance or obtain the relevant permits before proceeding. In addition, if you are planning to install multiple streetscape elements, you may want to consider combining them under one permit.
Location of street lights
When planning the installation of street lights in your neighborhood, make sure to plan for the spacing and intensity of the lights. They should be positioned at intersections with major collector roads. For example, Spear Street and Harbor Road will both qualify as major collector roads. Other locations for street lights are private drives with more than 10 homes. Neighborhoods may also request street lights if they are planning to develop a residential development or build a new home.
In addition to wattage, there are other important factors that should be considered when planning for street lighting. For example, the location of the lights may depend on traffic volume and the frequency of nighttime accidents. Alternatively, the placement of street lights may be determined by other factors, such as the presence of sidewalks or entrances to Town facilities. The purpose of the policy is to establish consistent criteria for determining the location of street lights.
Function of street lights
Street lights, also known as street lamps, are electrical lighting fixtures installed along roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and other public spaces to make them more visible and increase safety and security. In addition to enhancing visibility, street lights can improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers by preventing accidents due to poor lighting. Some street lights are integrated with other traffic safety equipment to improve their visibility. These lights can provide additional services, including traffic monitoring and assistance to emergency responders.
Roadways often require illumination due to heavy multi-lane traffic. In some cases, inadequate lighting causes eye strain and temporary blindness for drivers. To alleviate eye strain and other safety hazards, light sources are placed on high poles at regular intervals. Lights can be installed in both sides of the road, or on both sides. On wide roads, two-sided lighting should be used. In addition to providing additional visibility, street lighting can also decrease school vandalism.
Maintenance of street lights
Maintenance of street lights is important for the safety of residents. Street lights are connected to the electrical network by cable. Street lights are checked for proper functioning and maintenance according to Ofgen standards. Faults are recorded and rectified as needed. Inspections of street lights are performed during the night. Inspections are also performed during maintenance and repairs. Faults reported by citizens and businesses are recorded in priority timescales. In case of malfunction, faults in street lights are rectified immediately.
The county owns 28,000 streetlights and leases another 40,000 to utility companies. Street lighting equipment is funded by assessment districts, or MSBUs. It is best to contact the power company directly to report a malfunctioning street light. The power company will contact you once the request has been processed. Most repairs are completed in five to 10 days. Street lighting inspection forms are available online and offline. They make it easy to report any problems and obtain status updates.
Cost of maintaining street lights
A large percentage of the cost of running a street light is paid for in energy. Street lights also require maintenance, which involves replacing bulbs and the LED driver if they fail. The cost of maintaining street lights varies depending on the type of street light, but a LED street light will have the lowest maintenance cost. However, there are some factors that should be considered before purchasing a street light. Here are a few things to consider:
Lighting efficiency is essential. Some streetlights are so outdated that they require replacement every few years. Newer streetlights, such as T5 fluorescents, emit the same amount of light as older streetlights. Additionally, the old streetlights will be recycled, so you will be reducing the overall cost of maintaining street lights. Aside from the low electricity bill, street lights are a great way to add safety and beauty to your neighborhood.
Cost of installing LED street lights
A city in New York state recently began replacing its street lights with LEDs. The city of Yonkers has switched over nearly 18,000 conventional sodium “Cobra Head” lights and plans to replace 30,000 more by the end of the year. The City of White Plains estimates that LED street lights will save the city nearly $2 million over the next decade. Each light costs about $250 to $300, depending on its wattage. The project began in late 2016 and is scheduled to last through 2022.
LED street lights are an excellent alternative to traditional HPS lamps, which are a fraction of the cost. LED street lights are more energy efficient and last up to 20 years. The average cost to install a 1000 LED luminaires is around $215,000 (including installation and the cost of LED luminaries). Additionally, LED lights provide more uniform light, producing a whiter, more uniform light pattern. The savings are substantial, and will more than pay for themselves in two or three years.