|Energy-Efficient Street Lighting Project|
Generally speaking, the City of Oakdale owns, operates, and maintains many street lights in the City of Oakdale on metal poles. Additionally, Pacific Gas & Electric owns and maintains street lights that are housed on PG&E power poles.
Currently, the electricity budget for street lighting and traffic signals is approximately $130,000. This represents a reduction over the past two years of $39,490. These savings have come from turning street lights off in "non-essential" locations.
City staff is currently investigating the use of different technology to decrease the cost of lighting our streets and intersections. Currently, the City uses high-pressure sodium lamps (HPS) which are not as energy-efficient and create an orangish glow. The technology that we are currently evaluating for future use is called magnetic induction. This technology uses approximately 50% of the energy to create the same (or a higher) amount of light which is "white" and results in increased color rendition.
We have installed sample fixtures at the following locations:
1. On East F Street near the intersection with Sierra Avenue (south side of street near the H-B Saloon).
2. East J Street between Sixth Avenue and Ventanas Ave (we have installed 6 induction lamps and 2 LED lamps).
3. The corner of East J Street and South Maag Ave.
Please check back soon for more information on this project.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
phone: (209) 845-3600
This photo (while blurry) shows the color temperature difference in the two types of lamps. In the foreground the induction lamp is visible while in the background you can see two high-pressure sodium lamps.
You may see this QR code on some street light poles. This allows a person to scan it with their smartphone and be directed to this webpage to learn more about this project. This is the first usage of a QR code by the City of Oakdale to help inform and interact with the public.
A portion of this work is paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.