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Swap out your holiday lights for LED

OCEANSIDE — On Nov. 18, Oceanside’s weekly Sunset Farmers Market will be serving up ways to light up the holidays and save energy along with its traditional spread of fresh produce and international food.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunset Market, at Tremont Street and Civic Center Drive, will be host to San Diego Gas & Electric’s annual Light-Emitting Diode, or LED, Holiday Lighting Exchange. To help North County residents save energy and money this holiday season, SDG&E is offering complimentary LED bulbs to Sunset Market customers.
Amid hundreds of juried vendors, arts and crafts exhibits and live entertainment, SDG&E customers will be able to exchange up to three strands of incandescent holiday lights for an equivalent number of energy-efficient, multi-colored LED holiday lights. As an added bonus, the 15-foot strands of lights come with an eco-friendly reusable bag. Participation in the exchange is easy; customers simply need to bring their old lights and present a copy of their current SDG&E bill or their California ID.
Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED lights can save customers up to 90 percent in holiday lighting costs. LED lights are cool to the touch, reduce fire risk, and are safer for use both inside and outside the home. They also shine brighter and last up to 100 times longer than incandescent holiday lights.
The Oceanside event is the first of SDG&E’s seven lighting exchanges with the final taking place Dec. 4. SDG&E will have booths set up for SDG&E customers to attend and exchange their lights while supplies last.
To learn more about the SDG&E LED Holiday Lighting Exchanges in San Diego County, visit