Garlands of twinkling lights hang from Eric Rhoden’s Silver Lake home to celebrate the season. But Rhoden is disappointed that so many of his hillside neighbors – near and far – apparently prefer to spend the holiday season in the dark. He asks them to “lighten up:”
We live in a great part of town. Our hillsides and canyons are a great topography for holiday lights. But when I look out my window at the Franklin Hills across from me and the Hollywood Hills … all I see are a couple of strands of lights. I imagine if only every house put a couple of strands of lights on a timer how bright it would be. The hills would literally sparkle with holiday festivity!
I can hear the Scrooges out there saying that these lights waste energy. I say they use energy to spread love. How can that be a waste? And today’s energy efficient LED lights use very little electricity to send out the Christmas cheer. What does waste energy is leaving them on all day. For a couple of dollars, you can buy a timer so they will come on at dusk and shine as late into the night as you choose. Let’s show a little East Side Pride and light up the season!
Rhoden said he has hung five strands of lights across his home near Lucile Avenue and Micheltorena Street in wide hoops. “It looks spectacular.”