Eiffel Tower Lights Up The City of Lights

After dark, every hour the tower is illuminated in a breathtaking light show befitting the City of Lights.

To celebrate the tower’s 100th birthday in 1989 the external night-time floodlighting was replaced by a  new illumination system  from within the tower’s superstructure.

The tower had  long been in the public domain when a French court ruled, in June 1990, that the special lighting display on the tower was an “original visual creation” protected by copyright. The ruling was upheld in March 1992 and to this day The Société d’exploitation de la tour Eiffel  considers any illumination of the tower to be under copyright.  and it is no longer legal to publish contemporary photographs of the tower at night without permission in France and some other countries.

In 1999, for the Millennium Celebration, flashing lights and four high-powersearchlights were installed on the tower. Since then, the light show has become a nightly event. The searchlights on top of the tower make it a beacon in Paris’ night sky, and the 20,000 flash bulbs give the tower a sparkly appearance every hour on the hour.

In 2008, the Eiffel Tower’s hourly display of flashing lights was cut in half, from 10 minutes per hour to five, setting an energy-saving example for Parisians. The gesture mostly symbolic, as the landmark’s lighting system consumes relatively little energy.

In 2009, The Eiffel Tower in Paris celebrated its 120th birthday. To mark the occasion, the city added environmentally friendly LED strobe lights. It took more than a month to attach the lights to the tower’s girders.

The LEDs were removed early in 2010.

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