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Department of Transportation
200 E. Santa Clara St.
8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 535-3850
Fax:     (408) 292-6092

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LED Conversion Program
Before LED Conversion
After LED Conversion
The city owns, operates, and maintains approximately 62,000 streetlights, with the majority being either low pressure or high pressure sodium lights. San José is blazing new ground being one of the first cities nationally to install smart, energy-efficient, streetlights. This innovative lighting plan is achieved by replacing the yellow sodium vapor lights with white light emitting diode (LED) lights, and an adaptive control system to provide energy efficient lighting.

Smart LED streetlights enable the city to monitor energy consumption and provide the opportunity to dim lighting levels during late evenings. Other benefits of smart LED streetlights include:
  • Reducing street light energy costs by 40% to 60% 
  • Improving lighting quality and visibility and enhance street safety
  • Ongoing maintenance savings by extending maintenance cycle for bulb replacement
  • Real-time reporting of energy usage for energy billing and communicating non-operating streetlights for improved response
  • Eliminating the use of hazardous materials contained in sodium vapor lamps
  • Preserving the night sky in late evenings for astronomical research by Lick Observatory

In 2013, the City installed approximately 900 smart LED streetlights, increasing the City’s total number of converted lights to 3,400. The conversions were funded by federal grant funds and local improvement and development projects. Most of the conversions took place on approximately 30 heavily used major roadways. A small subset were on local streets in the Mayfair and Santee neighborhoods. The City hopes to be able to convert at least 2,000 streetlights in 2014 through an Energy Service Company that will be making energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on a number of City-owned facilities.