Streetlights

Streetlight Conversion Program

We are converting streetlights on high voltage circuits to more reliable – and energy efficient – standard voltage circuits.Street Light Conversion 2019 - Before and After

In 2019, conversion efforts were focused in the Baywood-Aragon neighborhood (see map) to prepare the underground components for the eventual conversion to more sustainable lights. 

Staff presented the current status of the project to City Council on Sept. 3, 2019.  View that presentation here: http://bit.ly/COSMStreet-Lights. Our presentation starts at the 1-hour mark.

Staff are currently assessing solutions for new streetlights in the neighborhood. 

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.