Spring 2016 Streetlight Fixture Replacement

In April and May 2016, the City of El Cerrito and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be upgrading streetlights with energy efficient and longer lasting Light–Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

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What you can expect

PG&E will be replacing approximately 1,300 PG&E-owned streetlights in the City of El Cerrito. The installation will take approximately 10 minutes per lamp fixture.

PG&E will not need to enter your property, and you do not need to be present while the work is being performed. There will be no disruption to your electrical service. All PG&E and contractor personnel are required to carry valid photo identification and are happy to provide it upon request.

Upgrading to LEDs

LED streetlights use 50-75% less energy than the current High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) bulbs and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New LED streetlights provide a more natural-looking light, which will last up to four times longer than HPSV bulbs. The optical technology of LED luminaires creates more evenly distributed light, resulting in greater visibility for pedestrians and drivers alike. Download the LED fixture factsheet.


For more information, download the streetlight upgrade FAQ and also visit

If you have questions about this work, please contact PG&E Customer Outreach Specialist, Bernardo Cortes, Jr. at 415-328-0206 or send an email.

Report Malfunctioning Streetlights

Malfunctioning streetlights may be reported to the Public Works Department at any time by calling (510) 215-4369 or email us. If you report a problem after business hours, please leave the following information on voice mail and it will be forwarded to PG&E on the next business day:
  • Include the pole number (listed vertically on the pole facing the street).
  • Is the pole wood or steel?
  • What is the exact location or closest address for the pole?
  • Is the streetlight completely out, on all day, or working intermittently?
  • PG&E can also be contacted directly at 1-800-743-5000 or online.