Light show to celebrate the 120 years of the Eiffel tower
Thursday 15 October 2009
Modified the 04/10/18
Every evening from October 22* to December 31, 2009 at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm
In honor of this memorable anniversary, the Eiffel Tower is inviting Parisians and visitors in the Capital to join in the festivities of this innovative light display.
For the first time, relying on state-of-the-art LED spotlights, the Trocadero facade of the Tower will light up in color, movement and modulation offering a magical and awesome show.
With the intent of giving everyone an opportunity to see this must-see event being offered to Parisians, the light show will be presented four times each evening, at 8pm so the young ones can still get to bed on time and then again at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.
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, facetted, stroboscopic, rhythmic, color blending…a splendid tribute to the Eiffel Tower and its majestic structure. During the light show, the other facades of the monument will contribute an element to the choreography. Also, images will be projected onto the ground below.
The technology behind this light display is based on the 400 LED (light-emitting diode) spotlights with electroluminescence effects in trichromatic color placed on the Trocadero façade of the monument. In addition to the innovative multiple lighting possibilities, this latest technology offers high performance at low energy consumption levels, lower than those of traditional lighting fixtures already used to light the Tower. Indeed, the SETE, operating company of the Eiffel Tower, has taken numerous concrete steps in the direction of energy saving solutions: a green electricity contract, light bulb changes in 2005 that reduced energy consumption by 30%, system software that controls the hours of lighting and heating, and finally, the hourly sparkling lights have been reduced from 10 to five minutes every evening on the hour.
Light show design by Bernard Schmitt & Jacques Rouveyrollis, implemented by Citelum with Magnum.
Citroën, a lighting partner of the Eiffel Tower in its earlier days (1925-1934), has once again contributed to the Tower illuminations. For the occasion, Citroën will present its new C 3 model and stream the light show of October 22 on their website in exclusivity http://www.citroen.fr/
Eiffage Group is sponsoring this celebration of the Eiffel Tower’s 120 year anniversary.
*Attention, special program October 22: show times are 9pm, 9 :30pm, 10pm, 10 :30pm and 11pm.