PHOTO: AEP street light technician John Velasquez installs a new LED post-top light at the entrance to the Waterstone neighborhood as part of the second phase of the citywide LED lighting project.
If you take your family out trick-or-treating tonight, you may notice that Victoria is looking a lot brighter than it did on Halloweens past.
During the past year and a half, AEP has replaced 3,690 amber-colored high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights—about 85% of streetlights in Victoria—with bright, white LED models.
This mass upgrading of streetlights is part of a citywide lighting project that will upgrade every streetlight in Victoria before adding further lighting improvements where they’re still needed.
The benefits of LED lighting include:
- Increased safety for drivers, trick-or-treaters and all Victorians who go out at night
- Energy cost savings that bring a return on investment
- Greater community appeal for businesses, visitors and residents
Recognizing these benefits, the City Council voted in March 2022 to begin a multi-year project to improve lighting throughout the City.
- Phase 1 (completed): Upgrade 2,002 AEP streetlights on the south side
- Phase 2 (ongoing): Upgrade 2,048 AEP streetlights on the north side
- Phase 3 (not yet started): Upgrade approximately 290 Victoria Electric Co-op streetlights and conduct a study to identify low-lit areas
- Phase 4: Improve lighting by trimming trees and extending pole arms where needed
- Phase 5: Install additional lighting where needed
AEP is still in the process of replacing 360 lights on the north side of Victoria. These remaining lights will be upgraded by the end of the year.
The City is negotiating an agreement with VEC to replace approximately 290 lights on the north side that are serviced by VEC.
To report a street light that has burned out, visit www.aeptexas.com.
To learn more about upcoming projects, visit www.victoriatx.gov/budget.