New lampposts, bulbs brighten campus

A streetlight on campus at night

The new lights and bulbs will be installed across campus. (UC Berkeley photos by Megan Lee)

UC Berkeley will be looking a little lighter and brighter in the next few weeks after nearly 100 new energy-efficient LED lampposts are installed across campus.

A streetlight on campus at night

The $2.1 million project comes as student and community groups make greater use of the central campus in the evening hours.

A streetlight on campus at night

The locations of the of the posts were chosen following studies by technical engineers and investigative nighttime walks with students, staff and UC police experts.

“I just want to highlight the importance of nighttime safety on this campus and how it is crucial to the wellbeing of our community,” said Amir Wright, an ASUC senator. “There are many ways to improve the campus environment and deter criminal activity on campus, and I am excited to see the administration taking steps toward this goal.”

A streetlight on campus at night

At the same time, a separate project will upgrade the bulbs on another 1,000 existing campus lampposts with state-of-the art LED bulbs that have a brighter, warmer light.

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Contractors with St. Francis Electric Company are installing the new light posts.