When the darkness comes to Paris, the Eiffel Tower at night lights up it a light orange tone, where the structure is very distinctive. This installation is from 1985, and in 1999 as a celebration of Y2K the tower was added with a beacon sending out two light beams with a reach of 80 km and 20.000 light bulbs adding a sparkling effect for 5 minutes every hour from the darkness falls until 1 a. m. Actually the installation was redone in 2003, because the original installation was not designed to last more than a year. This new installation is made with a lifespan of 10 years. So we might some day soon see an a new renovation. A few facts about the lights:
It took 25 mountains climbers 5 months to install the lights.
The flickerings effect comes from 20.000 lightbulbs.
The bulbs is very sensitive, and are cooled when it is warm, heated when is it cold.
The 40.000 joints and the 80.000 metallics parts is weighing 60 tons.
The installation is connected of over 40 kilometers cords.
You can see the the Eiffel Tower from several great spots in the city, but there is a few great places for watching the flickering lights at every hour. The Trocadero park called, Jardins du Trocadero, between the tower and the palace offeres great views. Also some of the bridges over the Seine, near Louvre has locations for some great shots and videos of the lights.