Saving energy, one light at a time

first_img“Should we try and plan a rooftop candlelight party somewhere?” wrote Elizabeth C. Organizers emphasized that only lights not needed for safety should be turned off. More information is available at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The colorful glowing pillars at LAX airport will also go black for an hour. Los Angeles City Hall and their Department of Water and Power will flip off their switches, as will county hall, some UCLA buildings and downtown Los Angeles’ Music Center. Southern California Edison is suggesting people replace the lights they turn out with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, offered free if customers take a survey at Still, the county’s participation is not as strong as what San Francisco has seen, said Brian Scott, the Lights Out director of operations. The Golden Gate restaurant association is organizing candlelight dinners, the iconic Bay Bridge’s decorative lights will wink off and a people bored with the dark can join the official party in a park near downtown. “In Los Angeles, it’s going as well as can be expected with the short time frame,” Scott said. “We’ve called the Getty (Museum) and other places, but haven’t heard back.” A boost came from local bloggers who have taken up the call for action, including sites like gossip blog, development-obsessed Curbed LA and the eclectic Comments on review site laud the idea. “That’s a cool idea,” wrote Erin M. “I say light some candles and make some `lights out’ babies it’s well-known that more babies are born as a result of having blackouts.” All over the county tonight people plan to turn off their lights for an hour to save energy, and to occupy the darkened minutes with everything from candlelit dinners to “blackout babies.” The first ever Lights Out L.A. encourages residents to douse the lights from 8 to 9 tonight to save power, save the environment and make a statement. The event was inspired by plans for tonight’s Lights Out San Francisco, which, with a four-month head start on preparation, promises to have a bigger impact. Even with just one month of local outreach, Los Angeles, West Covina, Pasadena, Long Beach and Culver City have all gotten on board in a sort of trial run before the nationwide Lights Out America, planned for March 29. Tonight, the county’s 12-story Public Works headquarters – billed as the tallest building in the San Gabriel Valley – will plunge into darkness in Alhambra. West Covina City Hall will shut off unnecessary lights and employees in Pasadena have been encouraged to participate and spread the word. last_img

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