New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

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Deputy Public Works Director James Campero and Assistant Engineer Michael Winnewisser
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Source: City of Goleta

After four years of planning and preparation, the City of Goleta is pleased to announce that the installation of brand new LED streetlight fixtures throughout the City will begin next week. It will take approximately six weeks for the contractor to replace 1,430 streetlight fixtures throughout Goleta with new energy efficient LED streetlights. The project is expected to save Goleta more than 345,000 kilowatt hours and approximately $115,000 annually after the project is implemented. In addition to saving the City money, the new lights will require less maintenance and provide clearer lighting.

City of Goleta Public Works Department Project Manager, Michael Winnewisser, said, “Our staff is very excited for the upcoming installation of LEDs throughout the City. This project offers a lot of benefits to the City, and we wish to thank everyone involved who helped make it happen!” 

View the estimated schedule with approximate installation dates for areas throughout the City at www.CityofGoleta.org/LEDStreetlights. The website also includes additional information such as project design maps and FAQ’s.

Watch our video featuring Public Works staff to learn more about the LED Street Lighting Project. The video is available in English (https://youtu.be/6zgKww9XIiQ) and Spanish (https://youtu.be/j9-r-2zLi9Q).

Background:

The LED Street Lighting Project took root in 2017. After long negotiations with Southern California Edison, in 2020 the City acquired the streetlights and began looking into different LED options for our community. In January 2021, the City conducted a pilot study to get community input. Based on feedback from the pilot study, Green Committee, and Virtual Town Hall, the City selected GE fixtures that are 2700K color temperature streetlights. On July 20, 2021, Goleta City Council approved the replacements and the fixtures were ordered the next day.

Please contact Project Manager Michael Winnewisser at (805) 690-5120 or mwinnew[email protected] for any questions or additional information.

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sacjon Aug 30, 2021 01:54 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

MAC - these are hideously bright. My friends have a test one near their street and it is insane. It floods the whole yard and house with light. lt would be great if they gave us a choice. Maybe something will start "happening" to these unwanted lights?

SBTownie Aug 30, 2021 02:39 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

Yeah, we actually passed on a house we loved in San Roque because the primary bedroom faced the street where there was a giant LED out front and it flooded the entire front of house. Having to have true blackout curtains that seal light out entirely was very depressing, and not a nice thing to wake up to, and we did not want to live in a home where 50% of it was flooded with stadium quality artificial light 50% of the time. Not to mention concerns for wildlife like owls, and the very important nighttime insects and nighttime pollinators. Very misguided program.

a-1630361241 Aug 30, 2021 03:07 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

@SBTOWNIE: that might be how we fight these things. It's really shocking Goleta didn't even bother to ask residents who would be affected how they felt. They did a "study" but no survey I can recall. If it's going to decrease my property value, the City will hear about it.

PitMix Aug 30, 2021 01:36 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

Did they look at those studies that show that streetlights don't actually improve public safety? How much would they save if they didn't have any streetlights? And we didn't have to generate energy for them in the overnight hours with fossil fuel?

Nahh, let's keep up this tradition started in Victorian England.

SBTownie Aug 30, 2021 02:37 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

I agree with you, Pit. What a joke. Not to mention detrimental to residents and insect/nocturnal life. I loathe when programs claim to be "environmentally friendly" and actually just create some knock on effect that is damaging somewhere else.

Basicinfo805 Aug 30, 2021 03:51 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

It’s no wonder this is a boondoggle with so many complaints - sorry, the guys pictured just finished college. Kegger anyone, or should we just hit up M Special?

I’m sure they meant well and are trying their best but experience matters.

Goes to show you how poorly run a lot of our local municipalities are. I’m glad I don’t live next to one of these frickin light bulbs. My condolences go out to those who do, and you could always pick up a slingshot?

macpuzl Aug 30, 2021 03:57 PM
New Goleta LED Street Lights Installation Set to Begin Next Week

I don't know how it will go if you have to deal with the City, but with enough persistence, you may be able to get them to install a shield that kills some of the glare and prevents light trespass on your property.

Out in the unincorporated county, I had some luck dealing with Edison directly. Their web and email help people were no help at all after months of back and forth, but by sending a snailmail letter directly to their VP of Residential Service, giving the SCE pole number and mentioning "light trespass" and "potential health problems from disruption of diurnal rhythms", I got an offending cobra head luminaire replaced (two months after the letter) with a better directed LED luminaire. Unfortunately, several months later, they replaced it with a much brighter LED luminaire, though at least still better directed.

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