The Baron Von Willard Memorial Park is the only dog park in San Clemente, California where dogs are allowed off-leash. Named after the city’s first K9 police officer, the park has two fenced areas for dogs to play along with a few amenities for people.


However, the park was never provisioned for light and was forced to close at sunset every night.  Being in an area bordered by canyons, a golf course and a camp, there was no ambient light and rattle snakes and coyotes posed a real risk to users. This greatly reduced the accessibility of the park, especially in the winter months when days are shorter.

First Light IPL area light in San Clemente dog park.


Solar Light Donation

With no electrical connection, adding light with a series of wired light fixtures would have required a connection to the grid to be built and trenches dug for wires. Fortunately, a nearby business, and First Light partner, had a solution. Describing themselves as a “dog-friendly office,” South Coast Lighting donated 4 IPL architectural solar area lights to help extend the hours the park and improve safety.


By installing solar lights, there was no longer a need for a costly electrical connection. The self-contained fixture also reduces visual clutter during the day and minimizes wind loading requirements. The marine-grade aluminum construction reduces the risk of damage requiring maintenance.


The city’s park planner told the Orange County Register that lighting was a welcome addition to the park.


“It’s something that the public has been requesting for some time – good for dogs and dog lovers alike,” he said.

First Light IPL solar area light.

Reliable and Sustainable Light

The IPL solar luminaire provides full cut-off light over a wide area. To optimize performance, it also incorporates self-learning capabilities based on real-world conditions.


Being solar powered means that light is provided with no ongoing greenhouse emissions and it is immune to power outages.

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