Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 27, 2013

Brighter street lights coming to Pleasanton

$1.6-million project to add LED lighting throughout city

by Jeb Bing

The street in front of your home will soon be a lot brighter after the sun goes down.

The Pleasanton City Council has approved spending $1.6 million to replace the city's sodium vapor street light fixtures with new light emitting diode (LED) energy efficient lights in the coming year.

The project is part of the city's Climate Action Plan the council adopted last year that includes a range of energy reducing goals, including those related to LED retrofit projects. Once installed, the cost savings can amount to a 60% reduction over current maintenance and electricity costs, according to a study by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.

San Francisco-based Phoenix Electric Company was the low bidder for the light replacement project with its bid of $1,613,404.24. Five other bids were received, ranging up from the Phoenix bid to $3,922,534. The city engineer's estimate for the project was $2.3 million.

LED lighting is brighter, whiter, longer-lasting and energy efficient, proponents claim. Once installed on 5,464 street light posts, the new lights are anticipated to save the city approximately $200,000 in energy costs a year while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said Daniel Smith, director of Pleasanton's Operations Services.

Funding for the project will be through a 1% interest rate loan from the California Energy Commission and a one-time conversion incentive rebate of $354,350 from PG&E.


Posted by Kiel, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Why is Pleasanton spending $1.6 million dollars on INCREASING LIGHT POLLUTION and trying to guise it as going green?

Saving energy is great, but we shouldn't be adding more obnoxious artificial light into the night sky.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

It could be safer for everybody with better light.

Criminals hate the light.

Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2013 at 10:13 am


LED lighting is much more monochromatic than conventional lighting. It interferes less with astronomical observation.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Where do observe? How close are you to where the lights will be installed?

How much interference do you expect to keep you from oobserving the skies?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

This is excellent. I just replaced lights at our house with LEDs

Posted by yet another ptown lover, a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

How about reducing the acreage of green lawns everywhere? Plant succulents and other drought tolerant plants all over the city bringing it closer to the natural look. Will save a lot of water and water bills. And reducing water usage is very environment friendly.

Posted by right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

yet about you plant cactus in your yard and stop trying to tell everyone else what they should plant in their yard.
As your messiah Algore would state, the more green space we maintain, the more carbon dioxide is consumed and the chances are non-existant global warming are reduced. But the, you can't fool Mother Nature.....

Posted by registered user, mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

This is wonderful news and a no-brainer.

Keil, LEDs reduce night sky light pollution.

The new LED lighting at the Swim Center is beautiful to behold.

Posted by Howard, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Sep 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Just on electricity cost savings. ROI is at 6 years. wish the maintenance cost was also broken out.


Posted by registered user, mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I wonder what lawns and cactus have to do with this story.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Well...plants have everything to do with green light...

If you don't green light, how can the greens grow...duh...

Posted by Sophie , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:00 am

These new LED Lights are terrible!! They are not brighter, in fact on my street it is much darker and more difficult to see. It has made our streets less safe.. What a great idea to increase auto thefts.....

Posted by dan, a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm

People are forgetting that street lights are ment to light up the street, not the street and everyone's house. LED street lights do what they're supposed to and light the STREET. Its up to the home owners to light their own property. Yes they seem darker because it only putting light straight down and not a million directions everywhere.