Streetlight Maintenance

City Light maintains about 85,000 streetlights that provide critical lighting on residential and arterial streets across our service territory. Utility poles and related equipment can pose a risk to safety when contact voltage occurs - which is why we annually test all streetlights and nearby structures for contact voltage. We also regularly upgrade and repair streetlights to ensure neighborhoods are safely lit.

Report Issues with Streetlights 

Example of pole tagYour attention to neighborhood safety is much appreciated. To report a streetlight that is out or is malfunctioning (such as blinking on and off constantly or staying on during the day), please collect the following information and then report the issue using our online form.

  1. Collect the 7-digit pole number and name of the street where the light is located
  2. Identify the home or business address nearest to the pole
  3. Note the issue that you are reporting - out, on all day, on/off issues, LED glare, pole down, etc.
  4. Your name, email and/or phone for follow up and status updates

Report Issue

Track Streetlight Repairs Happening Now 

Check out our streetlight repair tracker to see what work may be happening in your neighborhood. Our crews are hard at work making repairs happen as quickly as possible.

Streetlight Repair Tracker

If you have a new issue to report, follow the instructions above.

The Future of Streetlights

City Light is hard at work improving safety on roadways in our service territory - converting inefficient, high-pressure sodium lights to energy-efficient LED lights. LED lights support better visibility for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

Other benefits include:

  • Up to 60% lower energy consumption
  • Greater reliability and lower maintenance costs
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Three to four times greater field life than other lighting options
  • Better light quality that improves safety because of depth of field and peripheral vision

BEFORE

 High pressure sodium lights

AFTER

After FED upgrade

Request a New Streetlight 

If you are interested in adding a new streetlight to your street or neighborhood, call (206) 233-2777 or email us at applications@seattle.gov for eligibility.