Energy efficient LED lighting will light up Chula Vista’s Civic Center complex over the holidays—at no cost to the City. The display featuring more than 250 light strands on buildings and palm trees is part of an effort to encourage residents and businesses to make the switch to newer and safer energy saving technology.
By exchanging their traditional incandescent holiday lights for LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting strands, homeowners can reduce energy costs by up to 90%. Also, LEDs last more than 10 times longer than conventional lights, produce a brighter light and have cooler operating temperatures---making them safe to touch and less likely to cause a fire.
LED technology is already used in digital clock displays, traffic lights, exit signs and other everyday products and signage.
Chula Vista’s holiday lights and installation are fully funded through the City’s Local Government Partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission. Home Depot, which also sells LED holiday lights, is sponsoring the extra energy costs of the display, estimated at $55 for the entire holiday season. The Partnership has allowed the City to upgrade its facilities with more energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning and to install solar energy systems on some of its buildings.
Before the annual Starlight Parade December 6, South Bay residents and businesses will be able to exchange up to three incandescent holiday light strands for energy-efficient, multi-colored LED strands. The exchange will be held at Memorial Park (373 Park Way) from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Shop Chula Vista for your additional LED holiday lights and other energy conservation lighting and appliances at Home Depot and other retailers throughout the City.