Lighten Up: Lemons & LEDs

September 5, 2021
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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! 

Most of our events take place outside, weather permitting. If we move inside, we will have signs directing you to the location and will be following all County guidelines for COVID.

CLEAN ENERGY WEEK 2021 

ACTIVE AGING WEEK 2021 

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
  • July 1, 2021 (Thursday) from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Potomac Village Farmers’ Market, 9908 S Glen Road, Potomac
  • July 6, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda
  • July 8, 2021 (Thursday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus
  • July 13, 2021 (Tuesday) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring
  • July 14, 2021 (Wednesday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road
  • July 20, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda
  • July 21, 2021 (Wednesday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave
  • July 22, 2021 (Thursday) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm outside Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring
  • July 24, 2021 (Saturday) from 9:00 – 1:30 pm at Pike Central Farm Market, 910 Road Avenue, North Bethesda
  • July 26, 2021 (Monday) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Long Branch Pool, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
  • July 27, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Noyes Library, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington
  • July 28, 2021 (Wednesday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney
  • August 1, 2021 (Sunday) from 9:00 – 1:30 pm at Bethesda Central Farm Market, 7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda
  • August 2, 2021 (Monday) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Bethesda Pool, 6300 Hillandale Rd, Bethesda
  • August 3, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda
  • August 4, 2021 (Wednesday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd, Rockville
  • August 5, 2021 (Thursday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville
  • August 9, 2021 (Monday) from 1:00 -3:00 pm Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Outdoor Pool, 12621 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring
  • August 10, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville
  • August 11, 2021 (Wednesday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Avenue. Silver Spring
  • August 12, 2021 (Thursday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Marilyn Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • August 13, 2021 (Friday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring
  • August 16, 2021 (Monday) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Upper County Outdoor Pool, 8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg
  • August 17, 2021 (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Avenue Kensington, MD
  • August 20, 2021 (Friday) from 12:00 – 2:00 pm Sarah E. Auer Western County Outdoor Pool, 20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
  • August 23, 2021 (Monday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Avenue, Olney
  • August 26, 2021(Thursday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda 
  • September 4, 2021 (Saturday) from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring
  • September 8, 2021 (Wednesday ) from 11:00 – 1:00 pm White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring
  • September 10, 2021 (Friday) from 11:00 – 1:00 pm Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St #2, Damascus


11 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…

  5. Jimmy Liu says:

    Hello,
    FYI
    https://mygreenmontgomery.org/2021/lighten-up/

    On August 5th at 12:30 I was waiting outside the Rockville library for the LED exchange stand to come, but it never came. Please share the reasons for why the LED exchange did not occur at noon on August 5th at the Rockville library.

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Jimmy,
      We are so sorry to hear that. We were there!!! Unfortunately, we were inside the atrium of the library. Each of our set up locations differs at the library based on the accessibility of the library, handicap ramps, sidewalks, walkways and weather. Our staff is at these events ready before the start time but our location is not always visible from the front door. We are so sorry you missed this opportunity but hope you are able to make it to another event.

  6. Christine Feinthel says:

    Home depot accepts round old fluorescent, but not tube. Can I bring tubes to Holiday Park this saturday , the 18th??

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Christine,

      Unfortunately some of the stores do not accept the tubes because they don’t fit in their recycle bins. The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Stations accepts CFLs, tubes, and ballasts from your home at no additional charge at our Household Hazardous Waste dropoff. See where here: https://mygreenmontgomery.org/2021/recycle-cfl-bulbs/

      If you are unable to visit the Transfer Station, please let us know by emailing energy@montgomerycountymd.gov so we can try to make accommodations for you.

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