South San Francisco, CA August 4, 2016 City of SSF
Mayor Mark Addiego, along with members of the South San Francisco Public Works Department, traveled to Davis, California to meet with the City of Davis’ Sustainability Program Manager and the Director of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) to discuss LED street lighting.
“It’s important for our residents to know that we are listening to them regarding their street lighting concerns and that we are actively gathering information,” said Mayor Mark Addiego. “Going there and seeing the lights at night gave us valuable insight and information for consideration when it comes to improving our LED street lighting.”
The City of Davis was one of the first cities to replace their 4000 Kelvin (K) street lights for warmer 2700K LED street lights. The City of Davis lowered the wattage of street lights in residential areas from 27-watt to 19-watt to improve lighting effectiveness.
The recent visit to Davis included an evening tour of a residential area with the 19-watt, 2700K street lights, and a new residential development with lighting design based on lessons learned from the Davis citywide LED replacement. A few of those lessons, according to Davis city officials, included an understanding that higher wattage LED lights can increase contrast, accentuate shadows, and lead to a perception of lower overall lighting levels.
South San Francisco Public Works Director, Brian McMinn, also said there are good reasons to go with lower wattage lighting, stating “there are physiological and psychological effects lighting has on our perception of lighting at night, and the lower wattage is seen as more effective.”
The City is currently considering wider distribution patterns, warmer color LEDs, and alternative wattage fixtures. For questions or comments regarding the street lighting in South San Francisco, please call (650) 877-8550 or email SSFStreetLights@ssf.net.
To read about neighbors input on this issue on Everything South City please CLICK HERE