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LED Street Lighting Project

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The City of Goleta’s LED Street Lighting Project encompasses the acquisition, maintenance, and conversion of the streetlights in the City of Goleta to Light-Emitting Diode (LED). With this project, the Department of Public Works hopes to increase the safety of our roads for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic with much improved lighting. Additionally, LED’s will serve to conserve energy and reduce the costs associated with running and maintaining the existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs. To help with this process, the City entered into a contract with Tanko Lighting Inc. on February 5, 2019. Both Public Works staff and Tanko have been working to facilitate the acquisition of the lights, as well as to ease the transition to ownership and maintenance. 
As of March 4, 2020, the City of Goleta acquired 1,330 of approximately 1,500 streetlights within Goleta from Southern California Edison. With this acquisition comes the responsibility of maintenance. Where before outages were reported to SCE for repairs, current maintenance activities today are performed by Taft Electric, a subcontractor of Tanko based out of Ventura.
To report an issue with a streetlight, please call 800.509.9358, or report online at
The next step of the project is the conversion from HPS lights to LED lights. Public input is very important during this phase. Because of this, a pilot study designed for City staff and the public to assess various LED lights will take place. This page will be updated with more information about this pilot study and how to provide input soon.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the project manager, Michael Winnewisser, by calling (805) 690-5120, or via email at