Memphis Street Lighting Program Overview
The City of Memphis Street Lighting bureau is responsible for directing, approving and funding the city wide roadway lighting activities through coordination efforts between various local public utility and transportation related agencies.
Street lighting is provided on public streets within the city to assist all roadway users during night-time hours. Annual funding of the program is provided by City general fund taxes and paid to MLGW on a monthly basis for the energy consumption, and capital costs associated with construction and maintenance charges required to operate the system.
Currently the Memphis street light system is composed of approximately 83,000 high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights installed on steel, concrete or wooden light poles throughout the City. Fixture wattages vary between 100w to1000w depending upon the roadway type and classifications.
Memphis Public Works – Street Lighting
The Division of Public Works coordinates and reviews all requests for new street light installations within the City, and approves street lighting design and installation plans submitted by MLGW, TDOT and other private contractors working within the road right-of-ways.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water
MLGW provides the design engineering, construction and maintenance services for the county wide street lighting system as directed and funded by the various local municipalities requesting services.