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London turned on by 'energy efficient' lighting

Some of London’s most famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, were bathed in coloured light last night. (Click here to see large images.)

The display is part of the week-long Switched on London festival, organised by lighting magazine Mondo Arc to demonstrate how energy-efficient light can be used to not only brighten up our urban environment, but also to make it safer.

Switched on London director Paul James said: ‘It is a dangerous idea to say that all [non-essential] lights should just be turned off.

‘The major problem is commercial buildings; we are saying that lighting is essential for safety and wellbeing and we can achieve it with minimal energy expenditure.’

Along with the Tower, HMS Belfast and Southwark Playhouse, Bermondsey Street car park – a place described by James as ‘normally pitch black and unsafe’ – was also illuminated; with 90 per cent of the light coming from super-efficient LEDs.

Each night until the 14 February different building between Tower Bridge and London Bridge will be illuminated.

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