Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Facts about the Luxor light in Las Vegas

The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight  that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42 billion candle power.  It is visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas valley at night, and can be seen at flight level from above Los Angeles, California, over 275 miles away. At ground level, on clear nights, the beam could also be seen as far south as Laughlin and even as far north as Mesquite or Beatty. The beam is visible straight ahead when driving northbound on US 93 in Arizona, north of Kingman before reaching Hoover Dam. 

 In the spring, the bright light attracts huge numbers of moths into the light beam, creating a phenomenon that has been likened to snow.  Light is generated using 45 Xenon arc lamps of 7 kilowatts each.  When turned on, the lamps heat up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit.  The hourly cost, including lamps, electricity, and repairs, is US$51.  Hotel engineers, as well as the hotel's own website also claim that the light can be observed from space.

*  The above text is compliments of Wikipedia®.


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