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On Saturday, November 19th, the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP) will launch its Holiday Light Exchange at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event will offer San Gabriel Valley residents that are Southern California Edison customers the opportunity to exchange an old incandescent holiday light string for a new ultra-efficient light string. The event in Covina will be the first of nine similar exchanges that will take place at various locations in the San Gabriel Valley during the months of November and December.


SGVEWP is an alliance between the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG) that is funded by California utility customers and administered by SCE under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.


The SGVEWP is providing this free service to educate residents about the benefits of energy efficiency while reducing their energy usage this holiday season. Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are small light sources that are illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. LEDs are exceptionally energy efficient and may use up to 90 percent less energy than a comparable incandescent bulb. The amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs—equivalent to four 10-foot LED strings. These Energy Star qualified lights can also last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands, are cool to the touch, reduce the risk of fire, and come in a variety of colors, shapes, and lengths.


San Dimas Councilmember, Denis Bertone, Chair of the COG’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee said, “In 2008, the COG entered into a partnership with SCE to bring knowledge and resources to our community regarding the importance of energy efficiency. The LED Holiday Light Exchange is a perfect example of how this innovative collaboration benefits our cities, residents, and the natural environment all at once.” The exceptional qualities of LED lights make the Holiday Light Exchange a unique opportunity to introduce residents to the benefit from the light strands’ durability and efficiency, while improving the environment. The dates, locations and rules for the exchange are as follows:








November 19

Christmas Tree Lighting

City of Covina

Heritage Plaza

(400 N. Citrus Avenue)

6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.


December 2

Holiday Promenade &

Tree Lighting Ceremony

City of Claremont

Claremont Transit Depot

(200 W. First Street)

5:00p.m. 7:00p.m.


December 3

Holiday House

City of El Monte

Community Center

(3130 Tyler Avenue)

9:00a.m. 11:00a.m.


December 3

Snow Fest

City of Arcadia

Community Center

(365 Campus Drive)

10:00a.m. 12:00p.m.


December 3

Holiday Extravaganza

City of San Dimas

Walker House

(121 N. San Dimas Avenue)

3:00p.m. 5:00p.m.


December 6

Christmas Tree Lighting

City of Rosemead

Civic Center

(8838 E. Valley Blvd.)

6:00p.m. 8:00p.m.


December 9

Monrovia Street Fair

City of Monrovia

Monrovia Street Fair

(Myrtle Avenue & Lemon Ave)

6:00p.m. 8:00p.m.


December 10

Holiday Parade

City of Pomona

Shaun Diamond Plaza

(195 W. 2nd Street)

4:00p.m. 6:00p.m.


December 13

Santa’s Holiday Party

City of Duarte

Duarte Senior Center

(1610 Huntington Drive)

4:00p.m. 5:30p.m.


Available to current Southern California Edison (SCE) residential customers only.

  • Must bring a copy of SCE monthly bill (or proof of electronic bill payment) and valid identification that matches customer name on bill.
  • May exchange up to two strands of working, incandescent holiday lights (with bulbs) per household.
  • Must be a 50 light strand or more.
  • May exchange at one location only.
  • While supplies last.



For additional information, please contact the San Gabriel Valley COG at (626) 457-1800.