CALEXICO — High overhead a faint crackle of electricity warmed a filament.
A sherbet orange glow grew stronger.
As city officials and honored guests milled about in groups of three, a 9-year-old boy made his way through the early-evening shadows cast by the playground equipment and walked toward the light.
His destination was a streetlight erected by the city in a corner of Las Casitas park near the picnic table.
When the Sam Ellis Street resident, Brian Dickinson, got there he stood near his mother, bathed in the warm — now full-strength — orange glow. He looked up and offered his opinion of the new lights at the park.
"They're cool," he said.
On Wednesday, the first two lights in the park between Sam Ellis and J.M. Ostrey streets in northwest Calexico warmed to life for the first time.