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Tide’s ‘Brightening Billboards’ light up the streets of Beirut

Laundry care brand Tide has taken the initiative to brighten up the streets of Lebanon with its new “Brightening Billboards.” In the midst of the country’s electricity crisis, Tide aimed to bring not just bright clothes but also brighten up the mood of the Lebanese people.

Developed by Leo Burnett Beirut, the Brightening Billboards have been transformed from regular billboards by day to bright sources of light by night, providing a much-needed source of light in the darkened streets. This subtle statement of defiance against the current situation has brought a glimmer of hope to neighbourhoods across the capital.

Charbel Abou Jreich, associate creative director, Leo Burnett Beirut said: ‘The idea came from the sad reality of having digital billboards be the only potential light sources in the streets. So, we hijacked these billboards to project Tide’s brilliant white, lighting the darkest and busiest streets of Beirut with the maximum brightness possible.’

For the first time in the region, ‘a billboard has been transformed from a communication media into a tool for good’, says Abou Jreich. “It stands as a beacon of hope in otherwise dark and uncertain times, proving that advertising can be a force for positive change. To maximise the campaign’s impact, our aim was to cover key intersections with high traffic, streets that usually attract pedestrians, as well as neighborhoods with small shops. Through this, we managed to provide a sense of security for all – pedestrians, drivers, and business owners. The billboards, which alternated with other ads during the day, became exclusive to Tide starting at 7 P.M. each evening, providing a constant source of light for the surrounding streets.

This innovative solution not only brings a sense of security to the people of Lebanon, but it also reawakens the debate on the basic human rights and necessities that every individual deserves. Safe and well-lit streets are a basic requirement for any community, and Tide’s Brightening Billboards serve as a reminder of this important issue.