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We’re Dreamin’ of a Green Christmas…

Make Your Season Brighter with SDG&E's 8th-Annual LED Holiday Light Exchange during Balboa Park December Nights

The holidays are right around the corner and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with Alpha Project, a local nonprofit organization that provides employment training in San Diego, to conduct the LED Light Exchange during December Nights.

For the 8th year, SDG&E and Alpha Project will be offering complimentary light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) to the community during the Balboa Park December Nights celebration, scheduled for December 6–7, 2013!

Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED lights can save customers up to 90% in holiday lighting costs. We are pleased to offer each visitor the opportunity to exchange up to three (3) strands of incandescent holiday lights for an equivalent number of energy-efficient, multi-colored LED holiday lights during the two-day event.

LED Holiday Light Exchange Details: Participation in the exchange is easy! Just bring 1-3 of your old incandescent holiday lights (working or not) and present a copy of your current SDG&E bill or your California ID to get your new LED holiday light strand(s).

The December Nights Holiday Light Exchange will take place in front of The Prado Restaurant on

Friday, December 6, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. &      
Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Additionally, SDG&E is hosting an Energy Saving Lighting Fair during December Nights, led by TechniArt, to provide education and discounts on ENERGY STAR® lighting products that help lower the cost of customers’ energy bills, as well as help to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint. At this fair, customers can learn about the features and benefits of energy-efficient lighting technologies and can purchase products at deeply discounted prices, made possible by SDG&E.

Benefits of ENERGY STAR®LED Lights

* Saves you money on your energy bill because LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting.

* LED bulbs last much longer than incandescent bulbs. The average lifespan of an LED bulb is 22 years based on average household use. 

* LED bulbs are guaranteed to work, last, and save energy — some manufacturers even issue standard three-year warranty, which is far beyond the industry standard.

* Some LEDs also offers convenient features such as dimming on indoor models and automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors on some of the outdoor models.

* LEDs are more durable than other bulbs and don’t break as easily as incandescent  and compact fluorescent bulbs.   LED bulbs produce very little heat and unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, they are cool to the touch. An added benefit is that because they produce less heat, LED bulbs help you reduce your cooling costs, too

SDG&E’s Involvement With Balboa Park’s Sustainable Energy Practices Continues Beyond December Nights

Outside of the annual holiday light exchange events at December Nights, SDG&E helps Balboa Park’s member institutions learn about and implement sustainable energy practices during the rest of the year.

With SDG&E’s help, the most frequently implemented energy efficiency measures are heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades; lighting retrofits; control upgrades, and computer server consolidation. Additionally, many of Balboa Park’s institutions also implemented water efficiency efforts, in the form of faucet aerator installations, which are projected to save more than 1.5 million gallons of water in the Park annually!

 “SDG&E is proud to be a part of the legacy of sustainable practices for Balboa Park and future generations, and to be part of such a strong collaborative effort. Through effective partnership efforts, Balboa Park leaders have learned about their energy-efficiency options, best practices, and cost reduction opportunities, with remarkable results.”

- Frank Urtasun, SDG&E’s Regional Vice President of External Relations -


SDG&E Teams Up With Alpha Project to Help With December Nights’ Holiday Light Exchange

Alpha Project is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. Their services target the homeless, ex-offenders, substance abusers, the mentally ill, veterans, seniors, children, victims of domestic violence, the disabled and other persons with special needs.

Alpha Project is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities to men, women and families, as well as at-risk children and youth facing barriers to independence. 

For more information about their programs and how you can help or receive help, please go to http://www.alphaproject.orgor call (619) 542-1877.

Take Public Transportation

Balboa Park is accessible from most San Diego neighborhoods—as well as cities in East County, North County, and South Bay— by bus, trolley, or train.  By taking the bus or trolley you not only avoid traffic, but you help the environment, and it’s economical.

To create your personal trip plan:

Visit or call 511 to speak to one of the Transit Information Operators.


From the South or East, take the  trolley to the City College Station in downtown San Diego and walk to the FREE SHUTTLE at City College – OR transfer to the MTS Route 7 (on 11th Avenue)  to Park Boulevard. .

From Hillcrest, Uptown, Mid-City, Normal Heights, City Heights, and North

Park communities take any bus to University Avenue and Park Blvd and transfer to a special Route 7 shuttle heading to Park Blvd.

Or try the new "limited stop" Route 120 to make your travel faster. Route 120 operates between downtown and Kearny Mesa and stops at Laurel Street (just west of Balboa Park) on 4th and 5th Avenues.

(For all MTS Trolley and Bus schedules and route maps visit


App Store

Printed paper maps will not be available at the event. Please check the website to plan your trip in advance, or visit one of the many information booths throughout the Park.

Google Play

Download the free Meridian app for park maps complete listings of everything December Nights! Search for "Meridian" in Google Play or the App Store, or download via the links on the right.



December Nights Printable Map (pdf)