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The Eiffel Tower Is Now Going Dark an Hour Earlier Than Before

Everyone has to do their part for conservation, even if it means the symbol of the City of Light shutting off its lights. What to know.

Eiffel Tower at Night

Eiffel Tower at Night. Photo by iavanmateev/Getty Images Signature/Canva

By Alison Fox

Sep 23, 2022

THE SYMBOL OF THE City of Light, the Eiffel Tower is now turning its lights out an hour earlier in an effort to conserve energy. 

The iconic tower will now turn its lights off at 11:45 p.m., Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted, as part of a citywide energy saving plan. The new lights-out time coincides with the time the tower usually closes to visitors, ceasing admission at 10:45 p.m. and closing an hour later, according to the landmark.

However, the tower typically remains illuminated until 1 a.m., with projectors triggered automatically by night sensors. 

Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower at Night. Photo by Pexels–2286921/pixabay/Canva

The September 23 change, The Associated Press reported, is in part due to the war in Ukraine.

“The energy crisis is hitting Paris like the rest of France. We did not wait to act, since 2014 we have invested 10 billion euros in the ecological transition,” Hidalgo also posted on social media. “But we must go further with the first measures to make 10% energy savings.”

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In addition to shutting off the Eiffel Tower lights, Paris has new rules that require all municipal buildings (like the Town Hall) to turn their lights off at 10 p.m. Hidalgo said public lighting throughout the city will remain on “to continue to ensure the safety of Parisians.”

Hidalgo told the AP the measures were “a symbolic, but an important step.”

The Eiffel Tower has been welcoming visitors to see it lit up at night with its current system since the 1980s, with the sparkling lights delighting onlookers since 2000, according to the monument. The tower also features a beacon made up of four motorized spotlights with a range of 80 kilometers. 

Lights of Eiffel Tower at Night
Lights of Eiffel Tower at Night. Photo by Gagliardi Photography/Canva

In 2019, the four 2000W projectors that illuminated the antenna were replaced by LED versions. You can still be able to see the lights display on the Eiffel Tower, which is automatically triggered when it gets dark, just for an hour less.

Paris isn’t the only city in Europe to impose energy-saving measures in recent months. In August, Spain set strict limits on air conditioning in shops and other venues, requiring businesses and buildings to keep their thermostats anywhere from 15 to 26 degrees Celsius (60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and asking businesses to leave doors and windows closed after 10 p.m.

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