We partner with many organizations to raise awareness about events and issues important to our community. One way we do this is by lighting the iconic PPL Tower Building in Downtown Allentown in honor of different causes.

A time-lapse animation depicting the construction of PPL Tower

The PPL Tower Building, PPL Corporation’s headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is an enduring symbol of PPL’s commitment to Allentown and the Lehigh Valley region. The building is an iconic sight in the Lehigh Valley and can be seen for miles around at night.

The decision to build a 23-story tower in Allentown in the 1920s was an audacious one. The former Pennsylvania Power & Light was a relatively young company in a period where electrical power had not been completely accepted by the public.

In terms of architecture, skyscrapers had been developed in metropolitan areas such as New York and Chicago, where rising real estate values encouraged the construction of tall buildings. That was not the case in Allentown at the time. But the company’s directors knew the completed Tower would not only be a visible image of the unbounded potential of the company, but would also symbolize the exuberant optimism of the time.

When it was completed in 1928, it was the tallest building between New York City and Pittsburgh.

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Construction Highlights

At 322 feet in height, PPL’s Tower would become Pennsylvania’s tallest building outside Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, and was once the tallest building in the Lehigh Valley.

Today, the PPL Tower Building — tall, elegant and functional — remains a beacon of the power that supplies our industries, our schools and our communities.

• 5,700 tons of steel

• 5,400 tons of stone

• 250,000 rivets

• 2,847,000 bricks

• 42 miles of piping

• 1,397 doors & windows

• 104,200 bags of cement

Tower Lighting Requests

Thank you for your interest in PPL Tower Building lighting opportunities. Please use the form below to submit a lighting request. Based on the volume of requests received, PPL may not be able to honor all requests.

  • About the event

  • Include purpose, occasion, or reason for event. Describe any special requirements for this event like multiple dates.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

    Please note: Lighting requests should be submitted at least one month in advance for consideration. The dates between Nov. 23 and Jan. 6 are reserved for PPL’s traditional holiday display. Lighting requests should be in one week intervals. Dates for lighting are not guaranteed.

  • What colors would you like the lights to be?

  • Please note: We are unable to fulfill requests for white, due to the color of the building’s facade.

  • Listed in order from bottom to top.

  • Contact Information

  • The PPL Tower Building is a privately-owned building — not a public facility — and, therefore, has its own selection review and policies.

    Selection as a PPL Tower Building Lighting Partner is at the sole discretion of the ownership and management of PPL Corporation.

    Selection as a Lighting Partner is a privilege, not an entitlement.

    Applying to become a PPL Tower Building Lighting Partner does not guarantee approval.

    Moreover, past Lighting Partners must apply each year to be considered and are not automatically guaranteed to be selected again.

    Only the official applicant/contact on the original submitted application will receive written notification, stating application approval or denial.

    Written notification is the final response from PPL.

    PPL is under no obligation to provide specific feedback to any individual or organization regarding the status, merit and/or denial of its application.

    PPL celebrates many cultures and causes in the community with iconic lightings. Outside of its tradition of lightings for the religious holidays of Easter, Hanukkah and Christmas, the Tower Building has a specific policy against lighting for religious figures, religious organizations and additional religious holidays. The PPL Tower Building also does not light for political figures and campaigns, for personal events such as birthdays, anniversaries or weddings, or for commercial events such as product launches.

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