Free LED Lightbulbs Delivered to over 1 Million Households in Los Angeles

Free LED Lightbulbs Delivered to over 1 Million Households in Los Angeles

LADWP delivered energy efficient LED lightbulbs to every residential customer to Save Energy LA

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) completed delivery of two free LED bulbs to 1.2 million residential customers as part of the City’s “Save Energy LA” campaign this month.  

“Every Angeleno has the power to help make Los Angeles more sustainable — and with the help of Save Energy LA, people across our city are finding new ways to conserve,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.” We are proud to do our part by giving customers free energy-efficient LED light bulbs, and making it as easy as possible to for Angelenos to save power.”

The door-to-door delivery began in September and was conducted in a rolling fashion, from one community to another over the course of three months, until all LADWP residential customers received a bag with light bulbs and information about ways to save energy. The program completed last week with deliveries in the North Hollywood area.

“This was a huge effort, delivering LED bags to up to 165,000 homes per week,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said. “We encourage our customers to switch from CFL or incandescent light bulbs to LEDs as soon as possible for a quick and easy way to save on your electric bill. This simple change can save customers up to $238 in electric costs over each bulb’s lifetime.”

The LED household distribution program is a cost-effective way to deliver Energy Efficiency (EE) directly to all of LADWP’s residential customers, both in single-family as well as multi-family homes. In addition to the two LED bulbs themselves, the delivery package also contained helpful information on conservation strategies as well as LADWP’s other EE programs. 

The LED distribution program is budgeted at $14.8 million for this fiscal year, representing 8.8 percent of the overall annual Energy Efficiency portfolio budget. The program is expected to result in 1,640 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy saved and up to $246 million in customer bill savings over the lifetime of the LED bulbs. Additionally, the avoided cost of generation directly benefitting LADWP is estimated to be $146 million, representing a lifetime return on investment for this program to LADWP of almost ten to one.  

Mayor Garcetti announced the Save Energy LA campaign in July to urge Angelenos to conserve electricity to benefit the environment and in response to the increased risk of power outages due to the unavailability of SoCal Gas’ Aliso Canyon Storage Facility following last year’s natural gas leak. The Save Energy LA campaign was created pro bono by Los Angeles-based advertising agency TBWA\CHIAT\DAY in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and LADWP.  In addition to designing the reusable bags and LED boxes, the campaign includes prominent ads on bus shelters, bus benches, DASH buses, and in print, as well as a social media campaign.

In addition to the LED bulb give away, LADWP offers many more ways for residential and commercial customers to save electricity, water and money. Go to for details on LADWP rebates and conservation programs.