Lighten Up: Lemons & LEDs

March 3, 2020
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What is Lighten Up?

Now that things are opening up again, we want to bring you some fun in the sun! What’s a summer without a lemonade stand? This new initiative as part of Montgomery Energy Connection is an opportunity for residents to exchange their old incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs.

We will be setting up Lemonade Stands at Community, Recreation, and Senior Centers. Libraries, and Farmers’ Markets throughout the summer. While we won’t have actual lemons or lemonade, we do have a lemon treat and tons of LEDs!!!

The goal of these outreach events is to bring residents tips to help brighten their homes and lower their utility bills! As we say at the Lemonade Stand, “lemons are sour, saving money is sweet”

Join us! 

Thursday, July 1st from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Potomac Village Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, July 6th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Little Falls Library 

Thursday, July 8th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Damascus Library

Tuesday, July 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm outside Long Branch Library

Wednesday, July 14th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Quince Orchard Library

Tuesday, July 20th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Connie Morella Library

Wednesday, July 21st from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Gaithersburg Library

Thursday, July 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm outside Silver Spring Library 

Saturday, July 24th from 9:00 – 1:30 pm at Pike Central Farm Market

Monday, July 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm outside Long Branch Pool

Tuesday, July 27th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Noyes Library 

Wednesday, July 28th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Olney Library

Sunday, August 1st from 9:00 – 1:30 pm at Bethesda Central Farm Market

Monday, August 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 pm outside Bethesda Pool 

Tuesday, August 3rd from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Davis Library

Wednesday, August 4th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Aspen Hill Library 

Thursday, August 5th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Rockville Memorial Library

Monday, August 9th from 1:00 -3:00 pm outside Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Outdoor Pool

Tuesday, August 10th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Twinbrook Library

Wednesday, August 11th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside White Oak Library

Thursday, August 12th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Marilyn Praisner Library

Friday, August 13th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Martin Luther King, Jr Swim Center

Monday, August 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm outside Upper County Outdoor Pool      

Tuesday, August 17th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Kensington Park Library

Friday, August 20th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm outside Sarah E. Auer Western County Outdoor Pool

Monday, August 23rd from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Olney Indoor Swim Center 

Thursday, August 26th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm outside Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center

Swap Your Bulbs 

These events will also be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the difference between incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs and to SWAP out their old bulbs for new, energy efficient ones.

Did you know that we no longer refer to light bulbs in terms of watts? Because LEDs are so energy efficient, we are really concerned about lumens, or the brightness of the bulb.  In fact, all light bulbs now have a Lighting Facts label on them that helps consumers decide which bulbs would be best for them. The label includes a bulb’s brightness, energy cost, life, light appearance, and wattage. In addition, the principal display panel on the front of packaging focuses on lumens, a measure of brightness, rather than on watts, a measure of the amount of energy used, and includes the estimated yearly energy cost for each bulb. Bulbs themselves also feature lumens, and in the case of CFLs, a mercury disclosure. The label is an industry tool to help buyers evaluate product performance against manufacturer claims.

If you would like us to come to your location please email us at energy@montgomerycountydep.gov 

Past Events 

  • March 7, 2020 (Saturday) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Damascus Community Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus
  • March 9, 2020 (Monday) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Jane Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase 
  • March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Gwendolyn Coffield Community Recreation Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring
  • March 11, 2020 (Wednesday) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Longwood Community Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Ave, Brookeville
  • March 12, 2020 (Thursday) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Plum Gar Recreation Center, 19561 Scenery Drive, Germantown
  • June 27, 2021 (Sunday) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Takoma Park Farmers’ Market, 6931 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park


7 comments on "Lighten Up: Lemons & LEDs"

  1. Joel Teitelbaum says:

    Gwendolyn Coffield Center On Lyttonsville Road in Silver Spring. When will this Energy reduction Lightbulb exchange session take place?

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      All of the dates and locations are listed above, March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Gwendolyn Coffield Community Recreation Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring

  2. Joel Teitelbaum says:

    Gwendolyn Coffield Center On Lyttonsville Road in Silver Spring. When will next Energy reduction Lightbulb exchange session take place?

  3. Bill K says:

    What kinds of bulbs are they offering for the swap? Indoor lamp-types, or is there a choice?

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Thank you for your interest in participating, we only have indoor style, A19 style bulbs. The term A19 is used to describe the overall shape and dimensions of a light bulb. It has been used since the era of incandescent light bulbs, and now CFL and LED light bulbs continue to use the same term. An A19 bulb, therefore, has a diameter of 19 divided by 8 inches, or approximately 2.4 inches.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Dave G says:

    For the Lemons & LED events, can we bring other household hazardous waste, or only CFLs? I have bags of old batteries, old small electronics, etc., and Shady Grove is far away…

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