The City of Kelowna has about 14,000 streetlights that it maintains as part of the Citys infrastructure.
The majority of the lights (approximately 10,000) are what is known as ‘cobra' style lights. These are either mounted on a wooden pole or a traditional sweeping streetlight pole and are being changed to LED lighting in 2018.
To be able to maintain a large quantity of streetlight poles, it is important to ensure we can maximize lifespan. Older poles were made of steel and coated with paint for protection. These tend to corrode quickly leading to early replacement and higher maintenance costs. We now install galvanized and powder coated poles (generally green for cobra style and post-top, black for decorative). This combination provides a service life of approximately 50 years.
Reporting a streetlight problem
If you spot a streetlight issue, please use our online service request to let us know:
Potential issues can include:
- Streetlight outage
- Streetlight damage
- Missing covers/exposed wiring
- Tree branches blocking light and causing safety concern
Each pole has a unique identifier number on it's base (example pictured below) which lets us know its precise location. If possible, please include the number on the streetpole when reporting any issues.