100,000 Free Light Bulbs: San Fran Begins History's Largest LED Giveaway

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 11, 2018 | 2:50 PM EDT

LED light bulbs (Screenshot)

San Francisco has begun handing out 100,000 free LED light bulbs in what it calls the biggest LED bulb giveway in history.

Starting Wednesday, the city’s Department of Environment began giving out the light bulbs via three distribution channels:

  • 20,000 distributed at local libraries,
  • 20,000 distributed to students by the San Francisco Unified School District,
  • 60,000 distributed to community organizers serving disadvantaged communities.

Once installed, the 100,000 bulbs will save both money and the environment, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

“[T]hey’ll save more than $1 million each year in utility costs and 5.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity.”

“Each one can last up to 22 years and uses about one-sixth of the energy of a conventional light bulb.”

San Francisco purchased the light bulbs by utilizing a 280,000 award from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

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