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June 27, 2024

New LED lights can illuminate City Hall in an array of colors

The $6.85 million upgrade that began in 2022 is now complete – just in time for the Fourth of July.

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City Hall color lights Provided Image/We Film Philly

New LED lights that illuminate City Hall can be programed to change colors – like green to celebrate an Eagles win.

The Philadelphia skyline will have a more colorful look now that a new light system is in place to illuminate City Hall. 

The lighting system is installed at the base of City Hall's clocktower and on the rooftops of 10 adjacent buildings. It's the first time the building's lighting system has been upgraded since 2004. The LED lights are longer lasting and more energy efficient than the previous lights. 

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They also can be programed to change colors, so expect City Hall to glow for special occasions and celebrations, like sports victories and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The fixtures also come with glare shields for precise aiming and alignment.

City Hall lightingProvided Image/We Film Philly

City Hall will be illuminated by new LED lights installed on the rooftops of 10 adjacent buildings and at the base of its clocktower. The lights can be programmed to change color.

The light system will illuminate City Hall's base and clock tower on all four sides. Downlighting will be installed on perimeter sidewalk poles to increase visibility for pedestrians.

Among the 10 buildings with lights mounted on roofs are Centre Square, Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice and The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. 

"As we welcome visitors and workers to the heart of our great city, both for next week’s festivities and for civic and cultural celebrations in the years to come, this investment highlights the setting for local government, and draws our diverse communities together," Mayor Cherelle Parker said.

Work on the $6.85 million project was done by The Lighting Practice, which is based in Center City, and began in 2022. The project was funded via a $2.5 million state grant, $2.35 million from the city's capital budget and $2 million from the Center City District.