LEDs Light Up Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is commemorating its 120-year existence with an LED light spectacular. Using 400 LED-based spotlights, one of the monument’s four facades, the Trocadero, will light up with “color, movement, and modulation offering a magical and awesome show.”

Locals and tourists will be able to observe the show every evening until December 31, 2009. Show times are scheduled for 8, 9, 10, and 11 p.m. every night.

Here’s how the Eiffel Tower’s official web site describes the scene:

Following the 5 minutes during which the tower sparkles, this special light display will last another 12 minutes, starting with a dynamic light sequence evoking the extraordinary construction site of the Tower. Next a shower of light, revolving from level to level, faceted, stroboscopic, rhythmic, color blending…a splendid tribute to the Eiffel Tower and its majestic structure.

The choice to utilize LEDs was the result of a larger green initiative for the Eiffel Tower. Its other green measures include a green electricity contract, light bulb changes in 2005 that reduced energy consumption by 30 percent, system software that controls the hours of lighting and heating, and the reduction of hourly sparkling lights from 10 to 5 minutes every evening on the hour.

The LED light show was designed by Bernard Schmitt & Jacques Rouveyrollis and implemented by Citelum with Magnum.

[photo: www.tour-eiffel.fr]

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