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That Odd Glowing Downtown? It's An Icon, Relighted

A prominent fixture on the downtown Atlanta skyline is seeing the light again — for the first time in seven years.

Earlier this month, Georgia-Pacific Center officials flipped the exterior lights back on, casting that wondrous, stair-stepped glow upon the 52-story icon's eastern face. The darkness has prevailed for so long because the tower's previous lights were deemed too energy inefficient seven years ago. Enter: 67 new LED lights, which are predicted to slash energy consumption by 75 percent (see small graphic for more bedazzling data). That cheering you hear is anyone who regularly drives west on Freedom Parkway at night, or who lives here.

[Images and info via Georgia-Pacific]