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SF City Hall Lights Up Purple for Int’l Women’s Day

On March 8, San Francisco City Hall lights up its 220 LED fixtures for International Women’s Day
By - posted 3/5/2021 No Comment

San Francisco’s City Hall and its 220+ state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures will illuminate in Purple for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021.

San Francisco City Hall Lighting Schedule

The schedule is always tentative for the holiday lighting and subject to change when there are special events and the building is lit in honor of those.

This Month’s Lighting Events

3/1 – 3/4        Special – “We the People” projection on Goodlett facade.
3/5                Special – “We the People” projection on Goodlett facade and Green/Orange/White for Irish Flag Raising
3/6 – 3/7        Special – “We the People” projection on Goodlett facade.
3/8                Purple – International Women’s Day
3/9                Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
3/10              Blue – Colon Cancer Awareness Month
3/11              Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders
3/15              Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
3/16              Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
3/17              Green – St. Patrick’s Day
3/18              Red/white/blue – Honoring 1st Responders
3/22              Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
3/23              Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
3/24              Red – World TB Day
3/25              Blue/White – 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence
3/26              Green/white/Red – Flag of Italy in Honor of Lawrence Ferlingetti
3/29              Purple – Honoring our Hospitality industry
3/30              Gold – Honoring Frontline workers
3/31              Blue – Honoring Healthcare workers

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