Street and Yard Light Programs
How we illuminate your community.
Report a lighting problem
Notice extinguished or flickering streetlights or billed yard lights? It's our job to fix it, so let us know. Report any lighting issues to us immediately, and we'll be there.
Use this form or call us at (800) 227-9187.
Our LED Streetlight Change Out Program
Energy efficient LED lights last 2-3 times longer than regular bulbs, and produce brighter illumination. So, why not use them more? In 2015, we kicked off a five-year plan to replace nearly 30,000 company-owned streetlights with energy efficient LED lights.
- Energy efficient: use about 50 percent less energy than current sodium lights.
- Longer life: LED streetlights last 2–3 times longer than today’s sodium lights, improving reliability.
- Better light quality: white light provides more uniform light, improving nighttime visibility. LED streetlights do not produce ultraviolet light which attracts nocturnal insects.
- Reduced maintenance cost: durability and longer life require less maintenance.
- Environmental impact: contain no toxic materials like mercury, unlike traditional high-pressure sodium lamps or mercury-vapor lamps and are 100% recyclable. Longer life also helps reduce carbon emissions and costs through reduced service vehicle trips to maintain fixtures.
LED Program FAQs
The decision to replace Avista-owned and maintained streetlights with energy efficient LED lights was made after a thorough evaluation and testing over several years. The cost for LED streetlights has decreased in recent years, making them a cost-effective option that provides advantages to the public, customers, and the environment as they use about 50 percent less energy than traditional High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights, while lasting 2-3 times longer and providing better light quality for motorists and pedestrians.
When all of Avista’s nearly 30,000 company-owned 100- and 200-watt streetlights are replaced with LED lights, the annual energy savings are estimated to be 3.1 megawatts each night. That’s enough energy to power about 2,300 homes.
By reducing the amount of power needed to illuminate Avista-owned streetlights, the amount of electricity generated or purchased will be reduced. This helps manage company operating costs and load growth. Additional savings will also come through reduced costs associated with maintaining older streetlights.
The HPS lights will be disassembled and recycled through Investment Recovery, a partnership between Avista and The Arc of Spokane. Established in 1989, Investment Recovery employs people with developmental disabilities on Avista’s Spokane property.
Streetlights will be replaced systematically over five years and as existing HPS lights burn out.
As the transition is made to LED streetlights, Avista will no longer maintain an inventory of HPS lights. All Avista-owned streetlights will be changed to LED over the next five years.
Yes. Relight Washington, a program of Washington state’s Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) provides funding directly to small cities owning their own streetlights. For information on Relight Washington, visit www.tib.wa.gov.
Cities with Avista-owned streetlights will immediately benefit from the better, more uniform light quality of LED lighting for residents, motorists and pedestrians. As the capital costs associated with LED streetlights continue to decrease to a level approaching the cost of existing streetlights, the lower maintenance costs and energy use should result in streetlight rates that are lower than their non-LED equivalent.