The City of Poway currently has approximately 3,300 low pressure sodium (LPS) street and safety light fixtures that are operated and maintained through funding by the Lighting District. As of June 2019, LPS light fixtures are no longer being produced. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are more energy efficient and many cities have already converted their LPS lights to LED. Therefore, the City is embarking on a project to convert all the LPS light fixtures to LED.
Conversion of the decorative lighting in the Old Poway Park and Civic Center Drive areas will be completed as part of a separate project due to the complexity of the retro-fit required for those fixtures. Additionally, a third project will convert the City’s parks and parking lot fixtures.
In July 2019, the City Council awarded a design-build contract to Tanko Streetlighting, Inc. to help the City select a product that not only meets the Poway Municipal Code standards for LED lighting but is field dimmable and allows for installation of light trespass shields. The goal is to select a product that will present the most savings to the City through a combination of installation costs, energy use, and long-term maintenance costs. The light selection will also take into account conservation of the night sky, in that the brightness of the lights is enough to meet but not exceed the needs of the Safety Services Department.