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    AES Indiana window lights

    AES Indiana's iconic LED window light display on its 10-story headquarters in downtown Indianapolis shines brightly each night to promote meaningful events and organizations impacting lives in Central Indiana. The light display is controlled via a computer and uses energy-efficient, long-lasting bulbs to create a myriad of colors and movement. Our current calendar is below. Note: this calendar is subject to change without notification.

    September Day Notes
    1 Friday BUTTER
    2 Saturday BUTTER
    3 Sunday BUTTER
    4 Monday Labor Day
    5 Tuesday Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky
    6 Wednesday Pulminary Fibrosis Awreness Month
    7 Thursday Suicide Prevention Month
    8 Friday "Fight Like a Kid" Day
    9 Saturday "Fight Like a Kid" Day
    10 Sunday Indiana Fever vs. Minnesota Lynx
    11 Monday 9/11
    12 Tuesday  
    13 Wednesday Blood Cancer Awareness Month 
    14 Thursday Blood Cancer Awareness Month 
    15 Friday Independence of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
    16 Saturday Independence of Mexico
    17 Sunday  
    18 Monday Pulminary Fibrosis Awreness Month
    19 Tuesday National Stillbirth Prevention Day
    20 Wednesday  
    21 Thursday  
    22 Friday  
    23 Saturday  
    24 Sunday  
    25 Monday Pulminary Fibrosis Awreness Month
    26 Tuesday Mesothelioma Awareness Day
    27 Wednesday  
    28 Thursday Indy Jazz Festival
    29 Friday Indy Jazz Festival
    30 Saturday Indy Jazz Festival

    Shining a Light on unity

    Taking advantage of Monument Circle's unique space, AES Indiana collaborates with Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indiana War Memorials Commission to present the Signature Salute, which plays nightly, 365 days a year. It starts with a 10-minute countdown and concludes with the five-minute presentation. Coordinated audio, video and light projections featuring the sounds and images of historic significance unfold across the surrounding building facades and statues on the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Four beams of light soar skyward from each quadrant lighting Victory (atop the Monument), signaling Indianapolis as the Crossroads of America. Each of the three songs played show a unique look on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

    • Armed Services Medley: Red look on Monument
    • American the Beautiful: Amber look on the Monument
    • USA National Anthem: American flag wrap on the Monument


    The AES Indiana window lights began in 1954 with red and green stripes for Christmas. Back then, maintenance crews had to change each bulb by hand. Even though technology improved, it still took two workers eight hours each to place individual glass color filters on each light fixture to create the images before we installed LED fixtures in 2008.

    Today, we use computer software to control the lights. It’s just a click of a button to change images and colors. AES Indiana’s 10-story building has 267 individually controlled windows, each equipped with 36 high-efficiency bulbs that can generate 16 million different color combinations. 


    Window light requests

    If your organization or event would like to request a display on a specific date, please send an email to AES Indiana Community Relations at Please include the following information:

    • Date(s) requested
    • Name of associated event or organization
    • Display request – for example: all red, rainbow, specific color ribbon, specific words or hashtag, etc.
    • Please note: All scrolling messages should be kept to a maximum of 15 characters, including spaces.

    Please submit requests at least four weeks before your requested date. AES Indiana makes every effort to honor window lights requests; we run the lights from sundown to the following morning. Please note that the Shining a Light presentation calendar takes precedence and AES Indiana building lights will not be visible while the Shining a Light presentation is running. You should always check the Shining a Light nightly schedule for presentation times on any given night.

    Note that we reserve the right to make changes to the building light schedule due to unforeseen circumstances (local or national news, changes to community event schedules, etc.) Also, due to the volume of requests, AES Indiana cannot honor personalized requests for engagements, baby announcements or similar.

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