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Los Angeles announces streetlight design contest winner

The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL), have announced the winner of the “L.A. Lights the Way” competition to design and create a new standard streetlight for L.A.

The competition asked applicants to consider how streetlights can incorporate new technology, include space for text on each pole, and provide shade to help ease the impacts of the climate crisis. The entries were judged by a panel of six experts in design, lighting, and public infrastructure.  

Mayor Garcetti announced that Project Room, a Los Angeles-based design studio, has been selected as the winner of L.A. Lights the Way. 

 “Los Angeles is a place where the world comes to inspire and innovate, where we infuse everything with our trademark creativity, and where we always seek to invent new ways for government to be a force for good in people’s lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Project Room’s design illuminates a future that does more than brighten public spaces — it brings smarter design to our neighborhoods, helps us combat climate change, and promotes equity across our city.” 

The new design will gradually replace the roughly 180 000 standard streetlights currently dispersed citywide. BSL installs 1000 to 2000 standard streetlights each year.

The winning design reimagines the traditional lamp post as a bundle of tubes where each service — roadway light, pedestrian light, and telecommunications equipment — is assigned a dedicated tube fabricated of steel or aluminum. The design allows for additional features, such as 5G equipment, shade fixtures, and even a bench, to be added as needed.

The City of Los Angeles has more than 223,000 streetlights that reflect our history through their beautiful designs,’‘ said BSL Executive Director Norma Isahakian. “I am so excited that L.A. Lights the Way will allow our basic standard streetlight to be designed to reflect who we are as Angelenos and carry us into the future.”

More details and the full press release can be found at LAMayor.org.

More information on the entire competition, student winners, and other details are available at LALightstheWay.org .

Images courtesy LAMayor.org