City lighting San Francisco
San Francisco is arguably the most iconic city in America. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the world’s most famous Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, San Francisco’s history is the history of American development, expansion, diversity, and success. Its innovations tend to become those of the nation.
San Francisco has consistently led America forward. Before 1906, the city was the gateway to the West Coast, and to the Californian, Klondike, Yukon, and Alaskan gold rushes. The 1906 earthquake and fire completely devastated the city, forcing San Francisco to rebuild. It shaped the city’s modern-day infrastructure, propelling the city to develop the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and to build important infrastructure, such as the San Francisco Municipal Railway, Twin Peaks Tunnel, and its famous cable-car system.
Today, the city is a hub for human rights, ecology, and LGBTQ rights, and it is also the home base of the global technology sector. The largest city near Silicon Valley, San Francisco has become prohibitively expensive for many to live in. Nevertheless, it continues to grow up and around the bay.
San Francisco street lights improve city infrastructure
Today, the city with over 50 hills has high standards for building construction thanks to the prevalence of earthquakes in the region. The city is currently replacing 18,500 high-pressure sodium street lights with energy efficient LEDs, a process it expects to complete by the end of 2017.
Robust, industrial outdoor lighting is a natural fit in San Francisco’s Mediterranean climate, where mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods require reliable illumination. Golden Gate Park, the largest of the 220-plus parks the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department manages, is one of many public spaces for reliable solar outdoor commercial lighting.
San Francisco constantly proves its openness to making the possible probable, and willingness to lead a sometimes reluctant nation into the future. Solar industrial outdoor lighting should be one of those possibilities.