Lights

Upcoming Lighting Events

3/1/19                 Red/White/Blue - Korean Independence - 100th Anniversay
3/6/19                 Purple - Women's Health Month
3/8/19                 Green - St. Patrick's Day - Irish Flag Raising Ceremony
3/14/19               Orange - World Kidney Day
3/15/19               Blue/Gold - UC Hastings Public Internest Law Event
3/16/19               Green - St. Patrick's Day Parade
3/17/19               Green - St. Patrick's Day
3/19/19               Blue - Colon Cancer Awareness Month
3/22/19               Green/White/Red - Persian New Year

3/23/19               Red - American Red Cross Gala 25th Anniversary
3/24/19               Red - World TB Day

3/25/19               Orange - Netherlands - Visit of the Minister of Trade and Foreign Development
3/26/19               Green - Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

3/27/19               Blue/Gold - PGA 2020 Kickoff
3/30/19               Lights will be extinguished from 8:30pm to 9:30pm for Earth Hour.

Lighting Event History

About City Hall's exterior lighting

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall's exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and holidays.
 
Until 2016, the lights were standard incandescent bulbs. Changing their colors was expensive and time-consuming; two to three building staff members, plus a crew of four staff from a lighting contractor, spent hours crawling in and out of office windows and onto the rooftop to install colored theatrical gels on each of the 220 fixtures, even in bad weather. For removal of the gels, the whole process happened in reverse.
 
Power use is now much lower, and with just an occasional cleaning, maintaining the fixtures is much easier: LED bulbs last as long as 20 years.

News about City Hall lighting

Please note, the CIty Hall lighting schedule is subject to change.