Piccadilly Lights brings colour to life for countdown to switch-on
- Central London
- Published on Friday, 15 September 2017 11:50
- Last Updated on 29 September 2017
- Monica Costa
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Piccadilly Lights begins today with the launch of the #PiccadillyOn campaign, in aid of children’s charity Barnardo’s. Piccadilly is at the heart of our beautiful Capital and I personally cannot wait to see it back with the shiny billboards. The countdown has begun for the world-famous Piccadilly Lights to be switched back on, after over nine months in darkness for major renovation work. To mark the moment, Landsec, the UK’s largest listed commercial property company and owner of the Lights, is launching the #PiccadillyOn campaign, bringing colour to life in aid of Barnardo’s.
The #PiccadillyOn campaign, which launches today, invites people around the world to be part of this remarkable moment in London’s history. For a minimum donation of £2.00, people can sponsor a unique colour chip which will form part of a 3D countdown clock on the screen, before forming part of a choreographed reveal moment in October.
At the moment of relaunch, the screens will be powered up with a spectacular display of the sponsored colours, each of which will be shown on screen and live streamed on Facebook for fans across the globe to watch.
Anyone can own a unique piece of London’s digital history by visiting www.PiccadillyOn.London, where they can choose their colour to support Barnardo’s and be part of this historic moment. Supporters will receive their unique digital colour chip to post on their social media channels.
All money raised will go to Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity and Landsec’s national charity partner for 2017. Coca-Cola, which has long been part of Piccadilly Lights’ history, has kicked off the fundraising with a donation to sponsor their red colour chip.
It’s a worthy cause! Barnardo’s has helped transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in the UK, and continues to help families to build a better future. In 2016/17 more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes, as well as young victims of child sexual exploitation and those needing support with emotional health and wellbeing problems.
The Piccadilly Lights site has been under renovation since January. The original patchwork of screens is being replaced with a single state-of-the-art 4K LED digital screen and live technology hub. This will be the largest screen of its kind in Europe and will be able to divide into six full and subtle motion segments. Advertisers will be able to stream live videos, lifestyle updates, such as weather and sports results, and real time social media feeds.
History of Piccadilly Lights
An estimated 100million people pass through Piccadilly Circus each year
The first illuminated advertising hoarding at Piccadilly Circus was a Perrier sign, installed in 1908
Piccadilly Circus used to be entirely surrounded by illuminated advertising signs which were originally powered by light bulbs, later replaced by neon lights.
Digital projectors were first introduced in 1998
LED displays completely replaced neon by 2011
Coca-Cola has had a sign at Piccadilly Circus since 1954
Landsec has owned Piccadilly Lights since the 1970s
New screen details
17.56m high x 44.62m wide (circ 790m2)
Greater than 4K Resolution: 5490 x 2160
3 in 1 LED packages that generates trillions of colours and exceptional brightness
8mm pitch screen
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums