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Last night came and went, but we know a select bunch of aware Angelenos turned off their lights last night for Lights Out LA, a program in San Francisco and Los Angeles asking residents to turn off lights for one-hour in the name of conserving energy.

Alisa Pugha in Koreatown participated and she spoke to LAist last night. "So just as Light Out LA starts, my power starts dimming. What the fuck?"

The anonymous blogger, The Hollywood Jedi, reported that the city, a major partner in the program, did not turn out the lights (he has pictures to prove it). "Apparently The Observatory lights are necessary. Don't forget City Hall where they seemed to be having a party..."

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But the LA Times was reporting a different story for downtown and other areas.

The city's famous City Hall, normally bathed in white light, was virtually dark, as was the block-long criminal courts building. Several downtown lofts also appeared to be complying. But in other areas, it was lights on as usual. On Pasadena's website, there was no mention of Lights Out LA, as the event was called, and the city's ornate City Hall was brilliantly illuminated. In many other areas, buildings and residences were also brightly lighted.

Whether or not the program made a difference in energy consumption is not known at this time. Karly Katona, a deputy for LA County Supervisor Burke, who pushed the program alongside the City, told the Times that the program was "more than measuring the energy savings for the hour, the goal is really to engage people on energy, conservation and environmental awareness. It's not whether you can turn out a light tonight. It's when can you make it a point to take an hour and turn out the lights. It's an exercise to change lifestyle."

Lights Out America is scheduled for March 29, which the city and county are gearing up for. Consider last night a pilot test, if you will.

Photo by mahalie via Flickr