Las Vegas tops light energy poll

The Las Vegas Strip costs an estimated £960,000 for up to 8,000 megawatts of electricity a day.

THE infamous Las Vegas Strip is world’s most extravagant lighting installation, a survey has revealed.

Landmarks around the world have always stunned visitors by lighting themselves spectacularly to highlight their best features. But now an investigation has looked into the most brightly lit landmarks, how much energy these attractions use and how much it costs to light them per day. 

Notable examples revealed in the probe include Times Square in New York with its 55 giant LED displays using 161 megawatts per day and costing almost £20,000, and the unfinished Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Island in the United Arab Emirates which will be the world’s largest ferris wheel – the lighting alone on this is expected to cost up to £1560 per day to run on 14 megawatts of electricity. 

But outshining the rest was the Las Vegas Strip, costing an estimated £960,000 for up to 8000 megawatts per day. The MGM hotel’s electricity bill alone will be minimum £70,000 a month.

Times Square uses 161 megawatts a day and costs £19,320 per day to run its 55 giant LED displays. 

The Eiffel Tower uses 22 megawatts of electricity per day and costs £2640 per day to run. It’s lit by a whopping 20,000 light bulbs. 

Blackpool Illuminations in the UK uses 15 megawatts per day and costs £758 a day to run. The illuminations at Blackpool shine non-stop for 66 nights. 

Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, UAE uses14 megawatts of electricity and costs         £1560 per day to run. The ferris wheel is unfinished but is planned to be the largest of its kind in the world at 210m. It will carry 1400 passengers in 48 capsules (compared to the London Eye’s 32) and house an 80m LED advertising screen. 

Spectra Light & Water Show at Marina Bay Sands in the UAE uses 2.5 megawatts and costs £300 a day to run. It uses energy efficient lamps with a 470 watt fixture producing light output similar to a 4000 watt search light. 

The Christmas Light Display at Petrie Plaza Mall, Canberra uses 0.78 megawatts per day and costs £95 per day to run. It’s the largest Christmas light display in the world, using 1.2 million LED lights and 75 miles of cable. 

Stephen Alty, general manager of Festive Lights, who commissioned the survey, told Lux: ‘You can’t travel to a city or landmark around the world without noticing how lighting designers have created spectacular displays out of LED lighting to impress visitors. LEDs have been around for a while now, but in recent years, designs have really gone wild with spectacular lighting shows thrown into the mix alongside the landmarks themselves. Our investigation reveals just how impressive these designs are.’




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