Street lighting increases night time safety for road users. The two main classifications of street lights are "Ornamental" and “Lease” lights. "Ornamental" lights are maintained by the City of Chilliwack and are typically on galvanized steel or concrete “heritage” type posts. "Lease" lights are on wood poles and are owned and maintained by BC Hydro at locations throughout the city.
Report a Street Light Outage
If you see a street light that is not working, please take note of these important details:
- Location of the light
- What type of pole is the street light on, i.e. metal, concrete or wood?
BC Hydro Street Light Outage
If the light is out on a wood hydro pole, City of Chilliwack staff will register that outage with BC Hydro’s computerized reporting system. Once registered, BC Hydro places it in a priority listing. There is no way for the City of Chilliwack to check on the progress of BC Hydro’s repairs and are unable to expedite their process.
In 2020 City Council approved a budget to begin converting the City's existing streetlights to LED. Although all new streetlights installed have been LED for several years, this program will accelerate the City's conversion of existing streetlights. The benefits of this program will be a reduction in maintenance and energy consumption costs and reduced "sky glow" as LED light is gives a more even light distribution and less light tresspass. The program is planned to convert all streetlights in the City to LED by 2022.
The 2020 budget also includes a program to install 77 new ornamental streetlights in the downtown area. The benefit will be increased overall road safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians. The new streetlight installation will begin fall 2020 for Phase 1, with new streetights are planned for the following streets:
- First Ave - Williams St to Young Rd
- Victoria Ave at Fletcher St intersection
- Williams St - Reece Ave to Bole Ave
- Young Rd at Victoria Ave intersection
- Fletcher St - Reece Ave to Mellard Ave
- Mellard Ave - Young Rd to Fletcher St
- Williams Street - Yale Rd to First Ave