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.

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.

Pioneer Square’s Infrastructure and Paving Upgrade Continues in Pioneer Passage

Seattle City Light plans to replace aging underground conduit along Pioneer Passage as part of the larger infrastructure and paving upgrades taking place in Pioneer Square. The work will increase electrical reliability and capacity in the area. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are coordinating the project with City Light in the areas shown below:

Impacted parking and work zones shown in orange.

The work is set to begin on September 6th and continue into late November and no power outages are expected. At a later date, SDOT will repave the alley with a Pioneer Square Preservation Board-approved brick pattern. Access to the alley will be limited and one side of the alley may be partially blocked or closed during construction, but full business access will be maintained during weekdays.

If customers have questions they can contact: Bill Danbom, Sr. Electrical Representative at (2096) 386-4200 or bill.danbom@seattle.gov. Information can also be found online at: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=372.