Our street lights not only illuminate our beautiful island, but they also provide safety for all our residents and businesses. To maintain the lights — and our safety — we would like to share two important tips with you.
1. Burned Out Bulbs
Did you know the City of Charleston pays for power to light poles regardless whether or not the light is operable? In an effort to save tax payer dollars, we encourage residents to contact South Carolina Electrical & Gas (SCE&G) at 1-800-251-7234 to notify them of an outage. When you call, please provide the customer service representative with the SCE&G pole number found on the pole itself.
2. Painting Globes with Black Out Paint
Per the City of Charleston, neither a resident nor SCE&G is to paint the lamp post globes with black-out paint. The only appropriate measure a resident is to take to diffuse the light is to contact SCE&G at 1-800-251-7234 and ask them to install a metal shield.
This is where we need your help!
If you see a street light with black-out paint, please email Marie Delcioppo at firstname.lastname@example.org with the SCE&G pole number, and she will contact SCE&G to replace the globe and install a shield. We would like to have this information by August 1st so we can begin replacing all currently painted globes. Once all globes are replaced, should one be painted in the future, the resident will be responsible for paying for the replacement (currently $210 per globe).
The metal shields diffuse the light while continuing to safely light our streets and, at the same time, maintain the beauty and integrity of our community.
We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping our island safe and beautiful for all to enjoy.