City Maintained Street Lights
The City of Sugar Land currently maintains about 12,400 street lights, which is conducted through an agreement with Center Point Energy. Therefore, the city only accepts Center Point approved street light fixtures. Examples of current street lights include the standard galvanized cobra-head lights as seen in most neighborhoods, the Houstonian decorative fixtures in the Telfair area, and the Traditionaire decorative fixtures along some of the City’s Signature Routes.
Decorative Street Light Replacement
The City initiated a program in 2014 to replace the "cobra-head" street lights with shorter decorative post-top lights on major collectors and signature routes to adequately illuminate the roadway due to tree canopy interference. With the conversion progress made along numerous thoroughfares, the city will continue to analyze and rank each corridor’s need for street light replacement.
CenterPoint LED Street Light Conversion
With CenterPoint’s standardization of the LED lamp fixture for all of their street lights, the existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights seen throughout the City needed to be replaced. CenterPoint’s original plan was to convert over 12,000 of their streetlights over the next five years. To minimize having different lighting types throughout the same corridor for both safety and aesthetics, the City entered an agreement allowing CenterPoint to move forward with a City wide conversion over the next year. The first year transition would include approximately 9,000 cobra head-style lights. The remaining 3,000 decorative lights would be completed in the second year of the transition.
CenterPoint will be converting the cobra-head street lights within residential areas, following the map below.
Once the residential areas are completed, CenterPoint will be making their way to larger thoroughfares later in the year. Moving into 2019, once the cobra-head lights have been replaced, the decorative streetlights conversion will commence. This streetlight conversion will only apply to CenterPoint’s infrastructure, and does not impact any private lighting systems maintained in the City.
Private HOA Street Light Conversion
The City of Sugar Land also provides a program for privately-maintained community and homeowner’s associations (HOA) concerning their street light maintenance.
These private associations have an opportunity to replace their street lights with a system managed through the city. The private associations will need to fund the streetlight removals and installations. However, the City will manage the operation and maintenance costs for the new streetlights.
Street Light Repairs
As part of the Streetscape Policy, the City of Sugar Land recognizes the need to provide adequate street lighting along major thoroughfares. For more information, visit our maintenance request page.