Commercial St. LED Terrazzo Lights!

$2,410 of $3,878 goal

Raised by 45 people in 1 month
Cathy Whittlesey
on behalf of Cathy Whittlesey
If you live anywhere near Nevada City then you are probably familiar with the terrazzo lights across Commercial Street; a very popular string of lights that zigzag from one side of the street to the other.

Historic towns like Savannah, Georgia, use terrazzo lights to embellish the pride and sense of place that ultimately enhances the overall experience of being downtown. We want to do the same thing in Nevada City.

While controversial to a few, theses lights have been overwhelmingly supported by the public. We removed these lights last October after a yearlong test pilot was completed. Since then the Nevada City City Council has unanimously approved a permanent installment.

It is the objective of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses and residents to get these lights installed permanently. But in order to do this we have a few steps we need to take in this process.

We can’t do this alone and many hands will make this affordable for all of us. Please help us light up our historic downtown by putting in permanent LED lighting. These lights create a sense of wellbeing, are popular with locals and tourists alike, and reduce crime in the area.

So, this is where you come in.

Keep the Light in Nevada City!


Upon analyzing the buildings along Commercial Street we have come to find a safe alternative to hardwiring into an actual building and saving a substantial amount of money. 

 We will have 120 volt plug-in, a driver (power supply) suitable for weather, a messenger, a photo-eye (sun timer that turns lights on and off) and a plastic bubble cover for the outlet. A PVC conduit will take the wire from one side of the building to the other. We will paint the conduit the same color as the building.

It’s important to note that the Mason’s have solar so the electric bill will be reduced significantly. We are expecting approximately $10 to $20 per month. Thank you, Masons!

The wires will be fixed to the buildings with eyebolts and carabineers and the LED strands will be reinforced with poly-covered cable.


$89 per 50-foot string for a total of 500 feet

of commercial grade strands                                            $890

 250 LED lights at 5.75 each                                          $1,438                                                                             

 Tax and shipping                                                                       $150

 Electrical work                                                                          $750

 45 foot boom lift (1 day rental)                                        $300

 Hardware                                                                                    $200

 Poly-covered cable                                                                 $150

As soon as we receive our goal we will order the lights, assemble the parts and begin installation before spring is upon us!

Help Us Permanently Light Nevada City!!!




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$2,410 of $3,878 goal

Raised by 45 people in 1 month
Created March 6, 2017
Cathy Whittlesey  
on behalf of Cathy Whittlesey
Jesse Locks
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Kimberly Koenig
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John & Audry Agle
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Tim and Sandra Scott
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Patricia Nelson
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Karen Wittman
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