Smithfield’s ‘Winter lights’ goes green while supporting frontline workers

 Dublin City Council announces the return of the extremely popular ‘Winter Lights’ for the third year in a row while consuming less energy in the new eco-friendly project. 

“Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu. 

“There’s no doubt Christmas 2020 will be different to previous years but that doesn’t mean it will be any less magical,” she continued. 

A new addition to this year pays particular tribute to the heroes who have contributed so much to the community, with an enhanced display of images of the frontline workers. 

“I think this year more than ever we all need a bit of Christmas cheer”. 

Hazel Chu

According to Dublin City Council, the new ‘Winter Lights’ features 157,800 low power LEDS, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable. These lights which powers some of the projections around the city will consume less than 80% of the energy of their traditional predecessors. 

Both City Hall and Hugh Lane are going completely LED using a total of 5kw combined, a 50% reduction in 2018. Similarly, Mansion House has an even bigger reduction of an outstanding 80% in 2018. 

Community groups, made up of organisations and individuals, collaborating with Dublin City Council for this year are working on new artworks that are inspired by themes of community, hope and resilience.  

All 17 locations, with the addition of four new locations, will be up in lights from the first week in December until the end of the month.