February 2017
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Night Skies are Getting Brighter in Rancho Cucamonga

Cities around the Inland Empire are slowly replacing the yellow glow of traditional High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights with whiter, brighter, and more energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. The City of Rancho Cucamonga began converting some of its existing HPS streetlights to LEDs in Street Lighting District (SLD) 8 in the first quarter of 2013, and has since retrofitted almost 500 streetlights. The new fixtures have several benefits including significant energy and cost savings, increased nighttime visibility, and an extended lifespan that greatly reduces maintenance costs.

City-owned Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility will begin a pilot project to retrofit fixtures on Day Creek Boulevard (south of Foothill Boulevard) and Jack Benny Drive with new LED lights in November 2016. The project will feature a total of 14 new LED fixtures from seven different manufacturers and give the public the opportunity to see the different types of LED streetlight technologies available. All manufacturers included are among the leaders in the field of LED streetlights, and approved by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC).

During the nine to twelve months of the pilot project, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments and feedback. The information collected will help the City select the type of LED technology and the fixtures that best suit the community's needs. The City will take ownership of its more than 15,000 streetlights from SCE in 2017 and looks forward to executing these improvements.