Pasadena City Hall

Light illuminates a vital piece of Pasadena’s rich architectural heritage.

HLB was responsible for designing state-of-the-art lighting systems for public and tenant interiors, exterior facade, and site lighting. Historic fixtures were restored and refurbished and lighting services included on-site exterior mock-ups and preparation of historic lamp refurbishment specifications.

To emphasize the hierarchy of various surfaces and forms, soft lighting techniques are combined with accent lighting techniques. Warm 3000 metal halide and fluorescent sources were used throughout for cohesive rendering of the facade while a second color temperature was used for the dome to intentionally differentiate these two distinct materials. Linear T8 fixtures, utilizing low ballast factor electronic ballasts, provide visual balance between the upper balcony fluorescent illumination and the lower facade metal halide illumination. After many challenges, this renovated 1927 landmark remains the city’s inspiration for beauty and strength.

Project Highlights

• LEED Gold Certified
• Lamp life & ease of maintainability
• Modern energy-efficient lamps


Architectural Resources Group


Project Background

• 190,000 square feet
• $117 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Illumination Award of Excellence

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