Streetlights

Streetlight Conversion Program

Phase 1: Los Prados High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Project

Completed November, 2017

Phase 2: Baywood High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Project

April 8, 2022 Update -- The remaining construction to complete the Baywood High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Project is expected to resume in the fall of 2022. We are actively negotiating a change order with the contractor to secure the streetlight fixtures as identified by the community survey and approved by City Council. Once the change order has been confirmed, we will move on to scheduling. We thank our neighbors for their patience and cooperation during this extended process.

Aug. 17, 2021 Update -- We are converting streetlights on high voltage circuits to more reliable – and energy efficient – standard voltage circuits.

At our City Council meeting on Aug. 16, 2021, council approved the following four staff recommendations, each a result of the community input process (see the staff presentation in the video link on this page).

1. Use the streetlight identified as Fixture 1 during the demonstration to complete the Baywood High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Project.

2. For the remainder of the high voltage streetlight conversion program use Fixture 1 on streets with the 'local' classification.

3. For the remainder of the high voltage streetlight conversion program use the current City standard post-top fixture on streets with the 'collector' classification.

4. For all other post-top lights citywide continue to use the current City-standard post-top fixture.

Staff is now working toward the completion of the project and the conversion project throughout our neighborhoods. Once a construction schedule is determined, residents can expect to receive mailed notices. 

Phase 3: High Voltage Streetlight Conversion

May 19, 2022 Update -- The High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Phase 3 project was advertised for construction on May 18, 2022.  Construction is expected to begin in August 2022.  The Phase 3 project will convert high voltage circuits at various locations around San Mateo to safer and more reliable low voltage circuits.  The project will also replace the old streetlights with more energy efficient LED lights.  The locations included in the Phase 3 project are shown on the map below.

Map highlighting areas of the High Voltage Streetlight Conversion Phase 3 Project

Have questions about the project? call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at publicworks@cityofsanmateo.org.

Our Streetlights

Well-lit streets make for safer streets

We have a maintenance program that proactively addresses streetlight outages on major streets. We change out inoperative bulbs on major streets on a quarterly basis. In recent years, we have been switching out bulbs with LED bulbs and have updated approximately 90 percent of our streetlights.

You can help us maintain well-lit streets by letting us know if any of our 7,500 streetlights are broken, flickering or dark. We strive to make an initial response within 48 hours. To report a malfunctioning streetlight, call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at publicworks@cityofsanmateo.org, or complete the online issue form here. 

Who owns the lights? 

We share the operation and maintenance of all of our streetlights with PG&E, which means that when a light needs repair or replacement we must first determine who owns the light in question. Below are visuals to explain how we manage our different styles of streetlights. 

To report a malfunctioning City-managed street light, call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at publicworks@cityofsanmateo.org. To contact PG&E about one of its managed street lights, click here.

Street Light ownership - Lanterns

Street Light Management - Cobraheads

For more information on who owns a street light throughout the state, visit PG&E's page here.