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City of Tacoma Street Light Replacement Project

Tacoma Public Works and Tacoma Public Utilities have launched a joint initiative to replace approximately 75% of the City of Tacoma’s aging street lights with new, energy efficient LED fixtures by the end of 2018.    
As part of this project, approximately 75% (16,000 light fixtures) of all City of Tacoma overhead street lights will be upgraded to energy-efficient LED lights by the end of 2018. The existing fixtures, which are high-pressure, sodium currently account for 83% of the total energy used by all street lights in the City of Tacoma. Not every street light in the City will be upgraded at this time. The majority of the fixtures scheduled for replacement are either “cobra head” or “shoe-box” style (see photos below). Ornamental, flood and wall pack lights will not be converted to LEDs at this time.  

Lights to be Replaced


New Lights 


Click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this project. 

Project Timeline

  • Request for Bid for materials – issued in June. Contract for materials was awarded to Leotek in August 2017.
  • Request for Bid for installation services – expect to issue RFB in August and award contract early fall 2017.
  • Installation and replacement implementation– dates to be determined once the installation contract has been awarded. The goal is to begin the project in late 2017 and complete by the end of 2018. 

Public Meeting Schedule:

Below is a list of public meetings relating to this project that are currently on the schedule. Meeting details, will also be listed on our Events Calendar.

Implementation Schedule

View an interactive map that allows searching by address to find when (or if) street lights are scheduled for replacement. Once installation begins, this map will be updated in real-time.

Street Light Replacement Schedule Map by Neighborhood

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PDF versions of the map/schedule – Preliminary versions of the project schedule and maps are available below for anyone unable to access the interactive map above. Once installation begins, these documents will be updated on a weekly basis.

Benefits of LED Lighting


Less light pollution
  • The dim-ability of LED technology allows us to control street light systems to only provide the level of illumination needed at any given time, which is nearly impossible with conventional street lighting.  
  • LEDs allow for a high degree of control over where the light is directed, as opposed to conventional street lamps that shine light in all directions.
  • Many of our current lights broadcast light into the sky. This type of light, called up-lighting, provides no benefit for street lights that are 30 – 40 feet high and, in fact, actually creates visual problems for nocturnal animals.
Improved visibility
  • LEDs provide greater control over the light distribution, creating more consistent light levels where needed. This minimizes the amount of blue light emitted reducing glare.
  • LED lighting allows greater visibility at a distance for drivers, creating an extra safety margin by providing between 1.5 – 2 times further coverage than existing street lights.
  • Because the new fixtures produce less total light, the new LED lights will actually emit less “blue light” than our existing high-pressure sodium light fixtures.
Less energy
  • LEDs use 50 – 65% less energy than the fixtures to be replaced (high-pressure, sodium lights)
Lower costs
  • Lower materials costsLEDs are more efficient and last much longer than conventional street light lamps.
  • Lower utility costs- LEDs require less energy, thereby lowering monthly electricity costs
  • Lower maintenance costsFewer replacements means lower overall maintenance costs.
Improved safety and security 
  • Fewer outages - longer life equipment means fewer street light outages, improving both safety and security.


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