Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street


Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.


What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.


From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

Magnolia Streetlight Project Begins in April

Starting in mid-April 2018, Seattle City Light will be partnering with Crown Castle to pilot a project that will support enhanced cellular and data services in the Magnolia area. The project includes the installation of two streetlight poles with LED fixtures near Constance Drive West and West Parkmont Place. One of the poles will be configured with non-functional cellular antenna equipment.

Map of the construction work area in Magnolia.

Currently, the wireless coverage in the Magnolia neighborhood is insufficient to support the capacity needs of several wireless carriers due to the tough geographic terrain. This pilot project is designed to improve wireless services to the Magnolia area, allowing for better mobile coverage and capacity, improved call quality and fewer dropped calls. The project will also allow for increased public safety and enhanced-911 services to the area.

The new LED streetlights will make arterial streets safer by increasing their visibility at night. The fixtures will focus on roadway lighting.

Renderings of the Arieta LED streetlight fixture that will be installed.

Construction is scheduled to start in mid-April 2018. Daily work hours are from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entire project is expected to last approximately two weeks.

For more information, customers can contact Chelsea Watson, Crown Castle Government Relations Specialist at (850) 591-4639 or chelsea.watson@crowncastle.com.

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=408.

City Light to Pilot LED Fixtures in Pioneer Square

Beginning in January 2018, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in Pioneer Square.  Two manufacturers have been selected and customer comments are needed to decide which fixtures will light Pioneer Square. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. The fixtures must meet City Light standards and Seattle Department of Transportation minimum light level and uniformity guidelines.

City Light is testing fixtures on 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets.

The new LED streetlights will make arterial streets safer by increasing their visibility at night.

Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work. Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate work area.

Starting on February 12, 2018, customers can provide feedback on the pilot LED fixtures through our online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/PSFixtures.
Feedback is due by February 26, 2018.

Project Timeline (Beginning January 2018):

Stage 1: Light readings of existing fixtures
Stage 2: Installation of test fixtures
Stage 3: LED light analysis (survey feedback due by February 26, 2018)
Stage 4: Seattle City Light will present its findings to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board

If the test fixtures are not approved, they will be scheduled for immediate removal following the board decision. If the fixtures are approved, an order will be placed to convert the Pioneer Square neighborhood to the new fixtures in 2018.

More Information:

Customers can contact Kevin Gorman, Project Manager at (206) 615-0650 or kevin.gorman@seattle.gov.

Visit City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for additional information on the pilot project.

Report Shows Results of Mayor’s Summer of Safety Initiative

Seattle City Light has been an active participant in Mayor Ed Murray’s Summer of Safety Initiative – a coordinated approach to public safety that is mobilizing City of Seattle resources to improve our built environment, activate our streets, and provide jobs for our community’s young adults.  

A key component of this effort was a series of Community Safety Walks to engage residents and help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

In response to the Mayor’s Summer Safety Initiative, City Light redirected its 2014 LED Street Light Conversion program to major arterials in east and south Seattle. The work was completed on September 25th with a total of 1533 street lights converted to LED in those areas.

Other results include:

  • Installing a tension cable for added stability to a downed utility pole at 22nd Avenue S and S Jackson Street.
  • Upgraded LED light bulbs near Dearborn Park Elementary School.
  • Upgrading lights to LED along arterials, including Rainiers Avenue S, Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, and Renton Avenue S
  • Street lights converted to LED on S King Street from 5th Avenue S to 12th Avenue S
  • Light pole and light added near 6th Avenue S & S Main Street

Full results of the initiative with videos and photos can be seen here.

You can report street light problems with us:

Online: seattle.gov/light/streetlight
Or by phone: 206.684.7056

Energy Efficient Street Lighting: Another Benefit of Public Power

As we celebrate Public Power Week, a new report by Navigant Research shows how community ownership is driving investments in efficient LED streetlights that save energy and money. The Navigant report details the efforts of public power utilities like Seattle City Light to upgrade street lighting to LED technology and how investor-owned utilities are lagging behind in adopting LEDs.

City Light is a national leader in the adoption of LED streetlights. The utility replaced 41,000 residential streetlights with LEDs and has started a project to upgrade streetlights along arterial roads and in commercial areas. This is one of the largest conversions in the United States and is already saving the municipalities City Light serves more than $2.4 million each year. Additionally, City Light’s Edward Smalley served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid State Street Lighting Consortium for four years, encouraging other communities throughout the country to use the energy efficient lighting.

Public ownership means we share the values of our community. As the Nation’s Greenest Utility, we pride ourselves at City Light for being innovators committed to providing low-cost, reliable electricity in an environmentally responsible manner along with excellent customer service. Efficient, cost-saving LED street lighting is one of the many reasons to celebrate Public Power Week.