LED holiday lights

LED holiday lights

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to make its customers' holiday season a little brighter while helping them save energy and money.

SDG&E is offering complimentary light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) to customers throughout San Diego County during the company's annual LED Holiday Lighting Exchanges.

SDG&E customers will be able to exchange up to three strands of incandescent holiday lights for an equivalent number of energy-efficient, multi-colored LED holiday lights at any of the seven lighting events. As an added bonus, the 15 foot strands of lights come with an eco-friendly reusable shopping bag. Participation in the exchange is easy; customers simply need to bring their old lights and present a copy of their current SDG&E bill or their California ID.

"We are happy to host these lighting exchange events with our community partners," said Mark Gaines, director of customer programs for SDG&E. "It's a great opportunity to spread a little holiday cheer while helping our customers conserve energy and save money on their electric bill."

SDG&E's annual holiday lighting exchange events continue to draw more energy-conscious customers. Last year, more than 6,400 customers exchanged some 17,275 strands of lights. That is nearly triple the numbers of customers and lights than 2007.

Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED lights can save customers up to 90 percent in holiday lighting costs. LED lights are cool to the touch, reduce fire risk, and are safer for use both inside and outside the home. They also shine brighter and last up to 100 times longer than incandescent holiday lights.

SDG&E's seven lighting exchanges take place in their service territory with the first beginning on Nov. 18 in Oceanside, and the final taking place on Dec. 4, at the 33rd annual December Nights in Balboa Park and in Chula Vista at the 49th Annual Starlight Parade. SDG&E will have booths set up for SDG&E customers to attend and exchange their lights while supplies last. The complete schedule includes:
  • Oceanside LED Holiday Lighting Exchange

  • Thurs., Nov. 18, 2010 - 5

    p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Oceanside Sunset Market, Tremont Street and Civic

    Center Drive
  • Chula Vista LED Holiday Lighting Exchange

  • Sat., Nov. 20, 2010 - noon

    to 5 p.m.

    Otay Ranch Towne Center (before the Holiday Parade)


    lot near food pavilion, 2015 Birch Road
  • El Cajon LED Holiday Lighting Exchange