The bright lights of Telus Garden

Bright Telus Garden lights
LED lighting on the Telus Garden residential tower illuminated for the first time Wednesday night, and neighbours were not impressed. Credit: Khuat/Reddit

Neighbours surprised by intensity of LED lighting feature

It appears the Telus Garden residential tower at Richards and Robson streets turned on their LED lighting feature for the first time last night.

The lights appear to be extremely bright, a sort of 50 storey spotlight, reflecting off nearby hotels and condo buildings, including the Westin Hotel and L’Hermitage residential tower.

Architectural lighting in Vancouver is controversial. In 2011, neighbours of West Pender Place in Coal Harbour forced the developer to turn the building’s LED light display off after 10 p.m., even though it was supposed to run 24 hours a day.

Residents of nearby building complained the lights were illuminating their bedrooms, even with the blinds closed.

It’s not clear if the lighting at Telus Garden will be illuminated every night, or just for special events, but judging by the photos, there are likely to be some complaints.

Bright lights on Telus Gardens
LED lighting on the Telus Garden residential tower. Credit: Zhoharicus/Reddit