What impact will the 2009 Divisadero Holiday Lights Project have on electrical consumption? Are there any plans to “green” the project?

According to Divisadero Lights Project Manager Adam Strauss, the project only uses low-energy LED lights that are donated to the neighborhood. Strauss says he isn’t “exactly sure of the specific load” but that there are 10 strands per large tree which shine five hours a day for a month. “If I remember correctly, the guy from PG&E three years ago told us it was the total load of someone running their hairdryer once,” Strauss wrote to me in an email. “Not sure if that’s true, but that is what stuck in my head. So we have tried to be as green as the technology and our community-funded budget allows”

Strauss asked me to put out an appeal on the project’s behalf for help going even more green: “Since Divisadero Street’s median widened and trees [are] being planted on it this year, we hope to next year go solar for the median and all trees if possible. However this takes both money for fund raising and more volunteer support (note, everyone involved in the project is a volunteer – including me) … any and all help is greatly appreciated!”

Think of “Ask the Appeal” as your own personal genie: no Bay-related question is too big or too small. Whether you’re concerned with a municipal question, a consumer advocacy issue or simply with consuming alcohol, email us your questions at ask@sfappeal.com. We’ll either do the dirty work and talk to the folks in charge, contact an expert in the field, or – if your question is particularly intriguing or juicy – develop it into a full-blown investigative article.

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!
  • troymccluresf

    I dig the project, generally, but I’m kinda wondering where the pedestrian countdown clocks are. I can only assume they’re on the way- don’t all new stoplights include countdowns?

  • troymccluresf

    I dig the project, generally, but I’m kinda wondering where the pedestrian countdown clocks are. I can only assume they’re on the way- don’t all new stoplights include countdowns?

  • Andrew Dalton

    Countdown clocks are, indeed, on their way. They’ve just put them in at Fell and Divis, and I’m staring at one on Hayes and Divis right now. I guess they’re going block-by-block because at Fulton they’ve got two sets of stoplights at each corner, but the new ones haven’t been turned on yet.

  • Andrew Dalton

    Countdown clocks are, indeed, on their way. They’ve just put them in at Fell and Divis, and I’m staring at one on Hayes and Divis right now. I guess they’re going block-by-block because at Fulton they’ve got two sets of stoplights at each corner, but the new ones haven’t been turned on yet.