Lots of ‘Oh I didn’t know that‘ interesting facts and figures about the Blackpool Illuminations

We like interesting facts and figures and we know that you do too! So we’ve got some to share with you about the Blackpool Illuminations.

Lightbulbs and displays in the Blackpool Illuminations - the amount of energy used is interesting facts and figures
Lightbulbs and displays in the Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool Illuminations isn’t just about lightbulbs. It would be easy to take them for granted, after all they’ve been shining for over 100 years.

But as you drive or walk through the dazzling display, just stop for a minute to think about how they got there.

They don’t just appear and you can’t just go and buy them from a Blackpool Illuminations shop!

Anyone who lives at the coast, or likes to visit in our extreme winter weather, will know what kind of conditions that the lamps and fittings have to endure. And that’s just the wind and rain.

Then there are the logistics of making sure they are in place in time for Switch On each year.

The Lights that we look at are part of a twelve month cycle of work, which creates this list of interesting facts and figures about the Blackpool Illuminations.

You can find out about how and where the Blackpool Illuminations are made here.

Read on for our fascinating facts about the Blackpool Illuminations – the Greatest Free Lightshow on Earth!


Interesting Facts and Figures about the Blackpool Illuminations…

1. The Blackpool Illuminations cost over £2 million a year to stage

2. About 4 million visitors to Blackpool each year during their annual run.

3. This army of visitors spend more than £284 million during their visit to the seaside resort.

4. Each display will shine non-stop for over 60 nights.

5. The dazzling display stretches almost six miles from Starr Gate in the south to Bispham in the north.

6. More than 500 scenic designs and features make up the sight.

Double decker buses tableau in the Blackpool Illuminations, the weight of them alone makes for interesting facts and figures
Double decker buses tableau in the Blackpool Illuminations

7. Over forty large tableaux are included in the display (like this one above). They cover more than 5,000 square metres in total surface area.

8. More than 100 miles of festoon strip are strung between promenade poles and across the carriageway.

9. Cabling and wiring like this in the photo below, stretches for more than 200 miles.

Cabling and wiring in the Blackpool Illuminations for all of the lamps used, more interesting facts and figures

…and there are more!

10. Over one million LED lamps are used in various types and styles.

11. Most of the display now operates on the 24V SEL V ‘separated extra low voltage‘.

12. You’ll be surprised to know that the electricity which is used has been slashed by 2/3 in ten years from 1.5MW to less than 0.5MW annually. That’s mainly due to the use of LED technology.

13. It’s heavy kit! The equipment weighs more than 711,000 kilograms.

14. Twenty eight staff work all year round to ensure that the displays are ready on time. That includes artists, electricians, joiners, mechanics, painters, riggers and engineers.

Installing the Blackpool Illuminations, miles of wires make for interesting facts and figures
Installing the Blackpool Illuminations

15. Over 50,000 staff hours are used in maintenance, preparation, erection, operation and – finally – dismantling the features, fixtures and fittings.

16. Lightworks is the ultramodern Illuminations depot. It opened in 2010 and is the home for the design, construction, maintenance and storage of the display.

17. The mountain of equipment which is used is worth over £10 million

18. In 1994/5 new infrastructure was installed for the Illuminations, street lighting and tramways at a cost of £9 million.

19. More than 1,500 poles support the dazzling display.


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