NIAGARA FALLS, ON. -- As of Thursday evening, Niagara Falls is looking a lot brighter.
A ceremony was held Thursday night to unveil the $4 million dollar LED light, which projects from Ontario across the river and onto both the American and Horseshoe falls.
It's a vision first created by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board 20 years ago.
"It took awhile for the LED technology to get to the point where it could do what our vision was for the Falls, how we wanted to light it," said Mark Thomas, chairman of the Illumination Board and Western District Director for New York State Parks.
Basically, technology had to catch up. Now that it has, Americans, Canadians, and visitors from all around the world can now enjoy these dancing, changing lights. The lights are environmentally friendly, too.
"LED lighting is far more efficient, and it shows," said Thomas.
Niagara Falls lighting went from more than 120,000 watts of power to about 58,000 watts, so while the brighter lights may be deceiving, they're actually saving energy. Thomas says the new lights also improve nighttime visibility.
"When the old lighting hit the mist, it browned out the Falls. We've eliminated that, so we now have an incredible view of the Falls so that people can come watch them dazzle at night," Thomas said.
Janice Thomson, chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, said it took creativity and tenacity for Thursday's unveiling to finally become a reality.
"This is the new standard, this is the new presentation of Niagara Falls to the world," said Thomson. "No matter how many times you've been to Niagara Falls in the past, you have never seen it look like this."