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Millions sought for new lights at Niagara Falls

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The push is on to install brighter lights to shine on Niagara Falls.  The move would replace the current lights which are nearly 75-years-old.


Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati is one of the five-members of the little-known Illumination Board which runs the lights for the Falls.

The others are Niagara Falls, New York Mayor Paul Dyster and representatives of the Niagara Parks Commission, Ontario Power Generation and New York State Parks.

They are working to come up with $4 million for new lighting.

Dyster says Nik Wallenda's walk over the Niagara Gorge shows new lighting was essential.

"We learned during the time of the Wallenda event that, under certain conditions, the lighting that we have at the Falls for now which has not really been reinvested in heavily in decades is not really adequate, especially for the purposes of modern television viewing," Dyster said.

Diodati says the old lights can be blocked by the mist of the Falls and the new lights will be so bright that won't be a problem. Not only will the new lights better show the cataract, they will be L-E-D which won't need maintenance for years and will use a lot less electricity.

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