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PECO’s Crown Lights go dark


The lights went out on the PECO building in Philadelphia Monday night. The iconic LED Crown Lights system will be out until the fall season, as the platform undergoes system upgrades.

Philadelphians could notice a countdown starting at 5 p.m., leading up to 8 p.m. when everything powered down and went dark. All of this happening after PECO lit up the sky with messages for the July 4th holiday.

This was the first time since 2009 the lights went dark.

Since 1976, PECO has saluted local community and nonprofit organizations with messages atop its 23rd and Market Street headquarters. The PECO Crown Lights are a tradition in the region as a staple of community partnership and support.

The lights have celebrated many significant milestones in the City of Brotherly Love: the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Championship, Democratic National Convention, the World Meeting of Families Conference and the Papal Visit, even support for essential workers during COVID-19.

The Crown Lights debuted atop the PECO main office building on July 4, 1976. Since their installation 44 years ago, the Crown Lights have saluted the community and nonprofit organizations with more than 17,500 messages.

In 2009, the lights were updated to include more than two million energy-efficient LED lights containing color capability.