The deadline to submit entries for a competition to design the new standard streetlight for Los Angeles has been extended until June 15, the Department of Public Works Announced Thursday.

The Bureau of Street Lighting’s competition, “L.A. Lights the Way,” gives participants the chance to win an Inspirational Award and $500 or $1,000 cash prizes by designing the best and most practical streetlight.

The professional student category of the competition is open to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs located in Los Angeles County. The student competition category is open to middle and high school students enrolled in schools located within the city.

For both categories, a student’s school must be registered with the L.A. Lights the Way program.

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.

The final design will not replace existing historic streetlights. Instead, it will gradually replace the roughly 150,000 standard streetlights currently dispersed across Los Angeles, the bureau stated.

A jury panel will judge student design submissions by their submission’s originality and strength of the proposal’s design vision, the creativity and feasibility of the proposal and the visual coherence of the proposal.

The Bureau of Street Lighting said it installs 1,000 to 2,000 standard streetlights each year, which will give the winner of the competition the chance to “shape public-realm design at a dramatic scale and in nearly every corner of Los Angeles.”

Applicants can find more information on submission guidelines, the revised timeline for the entire competition and other details at visit

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