As night owls we love to check out the sights at nighttime, and are lucky to have visited six out of the seven listed below, but have you ever wondered what it costs to keep these landmarks lit throughout the year?
Well thanks to Festive Lights, the lighting specialist, now we know. They’ve documented just how much money is required to keep these renowned attractions alight, from Times Square (pictured above) to the slightly less glamourous Blackpool Illuminations, it seems getting that golden glow to bring the tourists in, doesn’t come cheap!
And it came as no surprise to us which famous strip came in top! Scroll down to find out who was crowed king of the lights…
Christmas Light Display at Petrie Plaza Mall, Canberra — £3,325
The largest Christmas light display in the world, which last year ran for 35 days, uses 1.2 million LEDs and 75 miles of cable, costing around £95 for 0.78 megawatts per day.
Blackpool Illuminations — £50,028
The illuminations only shine for 66 nights of the year — this year from September 1 to November 5 — using around 15 megawatts of electricity and costing £758 to run per day.
Spectra Light & Water Show, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore — £107,100
Running nearly every night of the year (with the exceptions of a few public holidays), Spectra at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one of the most impressive light shows in the world. It uses energy efficient bulbs, therefore using only 2.5 megawatts, costing £300 per day to run.
Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel, Bluewaters Island, Dubai UAE — £569,400
It may still be under construction, but Bluewaters Island is set to be lit every night, complete with the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 210 metres, with 48 well-lit capsules and an 80 metre LED advertising screen. The wheel alone is expected to use around 14 megawatts of energy, costing £1,560 per day.
Eiffel Tower — £963,600
The Eiffel Tower may be one of the most famous glowing landmarks in the world, lit by 20,000 light bulbs, but it has a relatively low energy expenditure at 22 megawatts and £2,640 per day.
Times Square — £7.1 million
The second most expensive landmark on the list, Times Square has 55 giant LED displays, so it’s not surprising that it costs £19,320 per day to run, using 161 megawatts.
Las Vegas Strip — £350.4 million
Shining incredibly brightly every night of the year, the MGM hotel alone has a vast electricity bill of $100,000 (£76,822) each month, according to Festive Lights. In total, the Las Vegas Strip uses around 8,000 megawatts of electricity per day — costing up to £960,000, 365 days a year.
(All photography is courtesy of Festive Lights)