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L.A. Lights the Way

Originally Published: 12/4/2019

Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched a first-of-its kind competition to design and create a new standard streetlight for Los Angeles.

The deadline for this competition has passed.

Please check back soon for updated information and links to more content.

Led by the Mayor’s Office and the Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL), the competition asks applicants to consider how streetlights can incorporate new technology, include a written plaque or other space for text on each pole, and provide shade to help ease the impacts of the climate crisis. The competition is open to applicants from across the world, and will award more than $75,000 in prizes — including $70,000 to the overall winner and smaller prizes to students from across L.A. County. 

Professional Student Competition

The City of Los Angeles invites students to submit designs for a Unique LA streetlight pole. There is no entry fee for students. The winners of the design contest will be presented Inspirational Awards with some monetary cash as the prize.  The designs will be used to inspire the final LA pole design that is currently being worked on. The Professional Student Competition is open to students enrolled in undergraduate (two- or four-year) or graduate programs at the college or university level, located in Los Angeles County. 

View the Competition Summary


In order to register each applicant/team must register using the registration form found at Once the registration is submitted you will receive an email with a unique identification number. Registration must be completed by January 6, 2020,  5:00pm (pst).

All Professional Student submittals should be sent to the following address:

Bureau of Street Lighting
LA Lightpole Professional Student Design Competition
1149 S. Broadway Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Or emailed to



Competition entries may include colored drawings, renderings or electronic format and design descriptions. First page shall include a project description (no more than 500 words) summarizing the Competitor’s design approach to the project.


Professional Student category: A total of two professional student entries will be chosen to receive Inspirational Awards which will include a cash prize of $1,000 each for teams of students enrolled in undergraduate (two- or four-year) or graduate programs at the college or university level. Please note that each entry will receive the same award regardless of how many members make up its team. The award amounts will be sent to the school who will distribute the cash award to the student.  


The announcement for the award is estimated to be mid February. All applicants will be notified if they got the award through email. The winners will be notified through email and invited to the Board of Public Works for their award and prize. If the winner cannot attend, the prize and award will be sent through the school.

For additional information on the entire competition and other details, visit

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