Street Lighting Study

The City of Saint Paul has over 37,000 lights that help illuminate public areas throughout the city. Public Works began installing Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights in 2010 as a part of the Sustainable Saint Paul initiative. The City continues to replace bulbs throughout the city at a rate of about 1,500 to 2,000 per year.

Benefits of LED Lighting

  • Cost Savings
    • LEDs require 50% less energy which lowers the City's electricity bill
    • LEDs last longer so the City saves costs on purchasing new bulbs
    • LEDs require less maintenance over time
  • Environmentally Friendly
    • LEDs use 50% less energy 
    • LEDs do not contain mercury
    • LEDs have a longer lifecycle which means less waste

Resident Feedback Requested

LED technology continues to change and improve with time and Saint Paul Public Works is adapting with these changes. Saint Paul Public Works was testing different LED street light bulbs and gathering your feedback. The study was an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on different characteristics of lights. Note, that this is not a vote on which LED to use, but will help inform the City’s selection process in the future.

Lighting Study Details

Test of different LED street lights bulbs in 3 neighborhoods - Lex-Ham, Hamline-Midway, Payne-Phalen. Look for street signs, as seen below, on the lights posts at the ends of each block to determine which test bulb is on the block.

  • Lex-Ham – on Portland, Ashland, Laurel & Hague Aves between Lexington & Griggs
    Lex-Ham LED street lighting test area
  • Payne-Phalen – on Magnolia, Jessamine & Geranium Aves between Earl & Duluth
    Payne-Phalen LED street lighting test area
  • Hamline-Midway – on Blair Ave between Lexington & Hamline and Van Buren Ave between Griggs & Hamline
    Hamline-Midway LED street lighting test area

March 20, 2017 to June 42017

Study Documents