Niagara Falls unveils new LED lights

NIAGARA FALLS, ON (WGRZ) As of Thursday evening, Niagara Falls is looking a lot brighter.

A ceremony was held Thursday night to unveil the $4 million dollar LED light, which projects from Ontario across the river and onto both the American and Horseshoe falls.

It’s a vision first created by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board 20 years ago.

“It took awhile for the LED technology to get to the point where it could do what our vision was for the Falls, how we wanted to light it,” said Mark Thomas, chairman of the Illumination Board and Western District Director for New York State Parks.

Basically, technology had to catch up. Now that it has, Americans, Canadians, and visitors from all around the world can now enjoy these dancing, changing lights. The lights are environmentally friendly, too.

“LED lighting is far more efficient, and it shows,” said Thomas.
Niagara Falls lighting went from more than 120,000 watts of power to about 58,000 watts, so while the brighter lights may be deceiving, they’re actually saving energy. Thomas says the new lights also improve nighttime visibility. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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