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Heritage Streetlight Replacement - Have your say!


Have your say! 
The City is seeking feedback from residents on their preferred style of downtown streetlights in Nelson. The information below outlines the details of the proposed streetlights, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each style. We need you to rank the lighting options from your favourite to your least favourite. This survey closes on May 26, 2019.

Background Information

Heritage Streetlight Background Information
Nelson’s current downtown heritage streetlights are a replica of the original historic lights. The replicas were installed in the 1980s as part of the downtown revitalization plan.  During the revitalization, the City received significant grants to produce the custom cast streetlights we still see downtown today. The historic streetlights have been a vital part of enriching the vibrancy and creating ambiance in the downtown. However, our current lights are past their end of life and need to be replaced in the next few years. A total of 85 streetlights will need to be replaced in the downtown core. As a City, we now have the opportunity to decide if we want a similar style streetlight or choose a new style that will continue to complement our historic downtown.

Why are we replacing the historic lights?
Typically heritage streetlights last between 15 and 25 years depending on their location, material and weather exposure. Our existing heritage lights are well past their end of life as some are over thirty years old. In fact, some have deteriorated to the point that they have cracked or fallen over. Unfortunately, the company that produced the replica no longer has the tools or the cast to produce the historic lights. To get a certified replica would cost the City approximately $70,000 to make the cast, plus each streetlight would cost $10,000 to produce.

Nelson Hydro & Development Services Requirements
The new streetlight will be required to meet Nelson Hydro’s technical requirements:
  • Removable skirts are required.  A removable skirt would allow the skirt to be replaced if damaged by a vehicle, instead of the entire streetlight being replaced.
  • LED lighting will reduce energy consumption. The LED bulbs should have a maximum colour temperature of 3000K to avoid concerns over blue light.
  • Dark sky compliant will minimize glare while reducing light trespass and skyglow (upward lighting causing light pollution).
  • All light components should be off-the-shelf or be available out of a catalog for re-order.
  • The material the poles are made from should be resistant to corrosion caused by water or salt or provide a coating that will protect the material from corrosion.
The proposed outcome of the project will be better street lighting while maintaining the character and charm that decorative light fixtures have added to the downtown. Further, the project reflects Nelson’s commitment to climate action by reducing our energy consumption through the use of LED lighting.

Council will make the final decision on which lighting is selected based on all the feedback collected through various mediums, and the survey will be one of the factors used.

  • Public Input - May
  • June:  Council approval of new streetlights
  • June/July: Lighting procurement
  • October/ November 2019: Phase One of streetlight installation
  • Spring/Summer of 2020 Phase Two of streetlight installation
Please note: Actual streetlight may vary slightly from photo. 

Cost to replace all 85 downtown core streetlights:

Cobra = $255,000
Two Globe = $467,500
Ancestra = $552,500
Renaissance =$807,500
Three Globe= $510,000

To view larger images of the street light options, please click here
1. Please rank the following street light options in order of preference. The selection at the top would be your favourite, and the bottom would be your least favourite option. Order the items from the following list. First select an item with the spacebar to show a menu of possible ranking positions. Next, click a ranking position to order it in the ranked list. Note the menu will display more ordering options as you add items to the ranked list.