Dublin's Winter Lights Have Be...


Dublin's Winter Lights Have Been Switched On

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

12:53 15 Nov 2021

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Dublin's Winter Lights have been switched on.

The lighting took place last night and they'll be in place until January 1st.

21 locations around the city have been transformed, with five new locations included this year.

The eco-friendly lights feature 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable.


The Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland says she’s delighted to see the lights return: "I’ve been a huge fan of ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ ever since it began in 2018. The contrast between the bright lights and the dark evenings makes for a stunning backdrop to the city.

"I am delighted to see representative photos of so many of our community volunteers on the light sails of Smithfield Square. They really are the heart of every community. Our Childrens Wall on Barnardo Square will project entries from our recent ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ Art Competition. We all need a bit of colour in our lives so I would encourage Dubliners to visit the city-centre and take in as many locations as they can. I know that’s definitely something I’ll be doing this festive season."

A team of over 60 people work to deliver ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ each year.  This year photos of 76 people who work voluntarily in their local community will be rotated on the sails in Smithfield as part of the programme. Examples of people featured include sports coaches, tidy towns volunteers, and charity workers who have been nominated by the 5 Area Offices and the Office of the Lord Mayor.

Simon Clarke, Dublin City Council Events Unit, says: "Five new locations have been added to the list this year including the historical Liberties area, and we are delighted to introduce Merrion Square Park as a venue, the details of which will be launched very shortly, so watch this space."

No diesel generators will be used this year, instead where main power is not available, Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel is used. HVO is made from 100% renewable waste materials and results in an up to 90% reduction in CO2 emissions, up to 86% reduction in Particulate matter, and up to 30% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide emissions.

The eco-friendly ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ features 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable. It uses the latest energy saving Laser Projection technology. The majority of the installations use LED powered lighting. There are three versions of the LED, 300w, 400w and a new 500w which is replacing what last year was 2500w.

The projectors we are using in Smithfield are new Laser Technology. The 24 projectors being used are drawing a total of 13 amps which is the equivalent of a standard domestic socket. Custom House power usage last year was 40kw whereas this year with LED we are down to 12kw power usage. Samuel Beckett Bridge is completely LED using a total of 2kw (equivalent of a vacuum cleaner).

Materials and branding are recycled from year to year, with all of the lighting stored in wooden crates each year, without the use of any single use plastics.

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