El Segundo water tower gets a glow

first_imgThough an initially expensive investment – strands average $9 each – LEDs last longer than old-fashioned lights, and “in one Christmas alone they pay for themselves,” Lyon said. But El Segundo isn’t getting too far ahead of itself with its new holiday festivities. More than 25 years ago, lighting the water tower was apparently an annual holiday practice, McDowell said. And El Segundo loves tradition, so residents could be seeing a glowing water tower again next winter. “Why not?” McDowell said. “It’s energy efficient, and therefore low cost and has the tiniest of carbon footprints. It harkens back to a tradition to the past, and that’s always good in El Segundo.” El Segundo isn’t the only South Bay community to have an environmentally friendly bit of holiday cheer. Torrance has two Christmas trees illuminated with LED lights, and the recent King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade in Redondo Beach featured a vessel strung with LED lights. And for residents looking for an early start toward a green Christmas 2008, the South Bay Energy Savings Center will resume its light exchange program Jan. 2. Southern California Edison customers can exchange two strands of incandescent holiday lights for a couple strands of LEDs, Lyon said. Call 310-543-3022 for more information. [email protected] 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonEl Segundo city workers this month strung 24 strands of light-emitting diodes – about 1,680 individual lights – along the tower’s catwalk, Mayor Kelly McDowell said. The result is an icy-blue glow encircling the iconic 105-foot-tall structure in the 400 block of Lomita Street – sort of like the rings of Saturn. “It’s fairly bright given the modest number of lights because the LEDs are bright,” McDowell said. And they’re cheap. Running 300 incandescent holiday lights for a year would cost someone about $80, Lyon said; the same number of LED lights would cost 43 cents. El Segundo children shouldn’t worry about Santa Claus skipping over their tiny town tonight. If the big guy has any doubt where the sleepy community sits, he can just look for the city’s illuminated landmark water tower – an old tradition brought back this season after decades of darkness. And if El Segundo needed any help getting off Santa’s naughty list, the new light display might nudge it to the nice side: the city’s new holiday glow comes courtesy of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lights. “It’s a very popular thing now to be moving toward green,” said Marilyn Lyon, program director of the South Bay Energy Savings Center, which provided El Segundo the lights gratis. “Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for your pocketbook, too.” last_img read more