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LED Streetlights

Riverside will be converting all streetlights to LED streetlights, which will honor the historic integrity of streetlight aesthetics, while providing a safer, longer-lasting light.

LED Streetlights will provide extra safety, security, and energy-savings. Learn more about outdoor lighting from the experts.



LED Streetlights Contact

For questions or more info, contact:

David Bride

Supervising Engineering Technician
Energy Delivery Engineering
Tel: (951) 826-5866
Fax: (951) 826-2492

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LED Streetlights FAQ

The Public Utilities Department has functional responsibility for the design, operation, and maintenance of the street lighting system. Annual City streetlight capital expenditures are identified in the Public Utilities Department’s capital improvement project budget. The costs associated with the street lighting system are paid by the City to Public Utilities through rates designed by the Public Utilities Department.  These rates are designed to recover all costs for street lighting including material and labor for installation, maintenance, replacements, and energy.

Annual City streetlight expenditures are to be identified in the Public Utilities Department’s capital improvement project budget. Public Utilities budgets as needed to accomplish the project.

The $15M overall cost includes the study.  Public Utilities will pay for the $1M study now from electric fund budget, and recover the cost in street light rates.

  • The bulk of the project cost (estimated at $12,319,000) would be reimbursed by Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Allowance Auction Proceeds based on GHG reductions achieved by the project.
  • Public Benefit energy efficiency rebates of $0.08 per annual kWh reduction (estimated at $766,000) would also apply to the project.
  • The balance of project funding would be collected through the LS-1 Street Light rate and the TC Traffic Control Rate.

  • 20 year life vs. 7 years with current lights.
  • 9.9 years average payback of the conversion cost from reduced energy consumption, and maintenance expense.
  • Annual energy savings of 10,251,000 kWh upon city-wide completion (equivalent to 1,398 homes).
  • Annual GHG reduction of 3,249 tons of CO2 upon city-wide completion (equivalent to taking 691 cars off the road).
  • LED luminaires are staged for potential low cost rapid deployment of selected Smart City applications that will be studied and evaluated.
  • Upon completion, the City-wide Streetlight LED Conversion Program is projected to achieve an annual cost savings $922,000 for energy, and $360,000 for maintenance. These savings can be reinvested in other City-wide streetlight capital needs in lieu of General Fund Street Lighting Service (LS-1) rate increases to fund needed projects.

The city will re-invest the savings into the street lighting system to help pay for necessary capital improvements.

Phase 1

Citywide conversion will include about 27,000 streetlights and intersection safety lights. Construction will begin in Spring 2020 and last through the end of 2020.

Phase 2

Citywide conversion will include about 6,000 decorative streetlights. Construction will begin in Summer 2021 and last through the end of 2021.