Niagara falls has been illuminated since the year 1860. This was to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales’ to Canada. By the early 1900’s the light show itself became just as much of an attraction as the actual waterfalls. Currently Niagara falls sees tens of millions of guests per year visiting the historic location that borders New York and Canada.
The brand new LED lighting system that Niagara falls now boasts cost upwards of $3 million and changed over 1400 lights over to LED. The colors are now 14 times brighter then they were initially, and many of the blind spots caused by the previous lights no longer exist. Most importantly they are estimating around 85 percent energy savings. The lights are on the Canadian side and light up the 200 feet of waterfalls from about a half mile away.
Today we have the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, who is in charge of the breathtaking light shows that are performed at this attraction. Thomas from the NFIB says “For the last three years the Illumination Board has been working dilligently on this.” After years of changing from carbon spotlights, to xenon halogen lights, we finally have full LED power at the falls. The color is described to have far more clarity and richness. The previous bulbs used in the falls had a whopping 1,900 bulb life.
With the introduction of these new LEDs, they will be at full power for about 25 years. The NFIB selected a handful of Canadian companies to design and install all of these new lights included places like ECCO, Salex, and Mulvey and Banani Lighting. The LED lights themselves were manufactured by Stanley Electric out of Ohio. Originally the lighting system use over 120,000 watts of power to generate its shows. Now the new system generates less then half of that, and is still substantially brighter.
This addition will be a great way to revitalize the already popular tourist stop, as many will flood to witness the brand new lighting ceremonies. Now is a great time to check out the view from the popular Falls Illumination or Falls Firework Cruises. Janice Thomson, who is the chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, says that if you have ever been to Niagara Falls in the past, you have never seen anything like what it is today.
This is another big step as many major places are beginning to invest the time and money into switching their technology for the overall benefit of themselves and the health of the planet. It is a win-win and more and more companies are beginning to realize this.