Columbus, Ohio, Zoo switches out half of holiday light show with LEDs

Nov. 24, 2008
Date Announced: 24 Nov 2008 Half of the Columbus, Ohio, Zoo and Aquarium’s 20th annual Wildlights display will be illuminated with LEDs this year. The other half will be switched out next year, and the $365,000 total cost is being borne by zoo supporter American Electric Power.Once the 3 million lights in the show are all LEDs, the zoo expects to save $16,000 a year in electricity costs. The show will run until January 03, 2009 and is free with zoo admission.The display includes a Wildlights Model Train display, a Rhythms around the Watering Hole light show and a 1955 Seagrade Fire engine that has been decked out for the holidays with ~12,000 lights on it. In addition, Cincinnati-area computer wizard Carson Williams has synchronized 15,500 lights to flash off and on to Jingle Bells, a Nutcracker medley and Christmas Eve in Sarajevo as part of the zoo's Wildlights festival.PhotoSource: G. Jones and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium[Editor's Note: For more holiday display photos from LEDs Magazine, go to LED Holiday Lights: Send us your photos and see the brightest results]

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