Tower Trims Light Show by Half

Green concerns move Paris to confine hourly twinkling to 5 minutes, down from 10
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2008 2:07 PM CDT
Fireworks light up the sky over the Eiffel tower in Paris as part of the Bastille Day celebrations, July 14, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The City of Lights will sparkle just a little less soon, Reuters reports. The Eiffel Tower’s hourly display of flashing lights will be cut in half, from 10 minutes per hour to five, management announced today, setting an energy-saving example for Parisians. The gesture is mostly symbolic, however; the landmark’s 20,000 flashing bulbs consume relatively little juice, management says.