The City of Sunnyvale maintains over 9,000 street lights illuminating the City streets after dark. Almost 15 percent of these lights are new Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps. The City has begun replacing the traditional low pressure sodium lamps (LPS) with the LED lights. The LEDs provide a softer, more even, illumination with truer color. LEDs are primarily installed along the busier streets, where there were significant saving by replacing higher wattage lights. LEDs are also being considered to replace the 70-watt LPS lights currently serving most residential areas.
Public Works staff performs periodic night time surveys of street lights on the City’s major streets, inspecting and repairing any street light outages discovered. On neighborhood streets, the City relies on residents to report street light outages.
About 10 percent of street lights in Sunnyvale are owned and maintained by PG&E. These are usually identified as street lights mounted on wooden poles. PG&E also supplies power directly to some City owned lights. The City is not authorized to make repairs to PG&E street lights or supply lines that provide electricity to City owned lights. City staff reports these issues to PG&E.
Report outages for street lights, traffic signals, safety street lights mounted above the signal lights, and illuminated street name signs to (408) 730-7415 or by email.