We like neon. We’d like to see all those bright lights turned back on for good Downtown. Hollywood. All over Los Angeles. We like seeing searchlights marking their territory in random pockets of the city. It reminds us that something important is taking place somewhere. It reminds us where we live. Boomtown.
But, we want you to turn them off. All of them. For one night, one hour, we want L.A. to fade to black. It’s Lights Out Los Angeles.
On October 20 from 8-9 p.m., citizens throughout Los Angeles will join in by installing one compact fluorescent light bulb in their homes or offices and turning off all non-essential lighting.
Why? According to lightsoutla.org, turning lights out in Los Angeles for even one hour could save as much as 15 percent of the energy consumed on an average Saturday night.
Buy one compact fluorescent light bulb. Turn the lights off for one hour. Cake. Think of all the things or people you could do in the dark for one hour. And you’ll be saving the planet.
The mayor should jump on this like it’s Mirthala Salinas.