No one owned bulbs, and there were no meters available to measure consumption. So the council decided to recoup
its electrical system investment by renting light bulbs to its electric customers.
It cost $1 a month to rent a 16 candle- power light with a 10 p.m. curfew.
For $1.25, a customer could burn his light until midnight. For $2, he could burn it all night long.
Source: News Register July 13, 2004
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