Solana Beach residents asked to help choose lighting

City workers installed two types of light bulbs in street lights throughout the city in September as part of an effort to get feedback on which type to install in the coming weeks.

“The city has not received much feedback (about the lights), but welcomes it,” said Danny King of the city manager’s office.

The city aims to reduce Solana Beach’s carbon footprint, conserve energy and save money by updating its lights.

The two bulbs — an induction bulb and an LED bulb — are on display in the City Hall parking lot, on the street lights outside of City Hall, at the street light on the corner of Pacific Avenue and West Circle Drive, and at the corner of Highland Drive and San Mario.

The two options are placed next to the standard bulb, a low-pressure sodium bulb, for comparison. Each light has a card at the base explaining the bulb, the pilot program and a phone number to call to comment.

The induction bulb has a life of about 20 years and uses only 90 watts of electricity, while the LED bulb has a life of about 22 years, uses only 28 watts and provides zero toxic waste when disposed. The lights being used currently are at 115 watts and have a life of three to four years. All lights provide the same amount of illumination.

Officials are waiting for a consultant’s report on which bulb will actually save them the most money and more community feedback before they move forward. The city is also taking part in a countywide peer group to share information on other street light pilot programs.

“This group has been meeting to discuss the results of everybody’s pilot program and to keep updated on the latest technologies. The goal is to develop a regional standard for street light technology,” King said.

To let the city know your bulb choice, call (858) 720-2744.

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