Birmingham is to follow the example of other major European cities by floodlighting prominent buildings.
An extensive illumination scheme will begin with the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square.
The initiative is announced today by city council leader Mike Whitby as part of a policy package for 2006.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said he wanted Birmingham to follow the example of its French sister city Lyons, which is recognised across Europe as leading the way in the effective use of light to highlight buildings at night.
"We want to create a beautiful city and I have asked for a strategy to be drawn up to illuminate a range of important buildings," Coun Whitby added.
The idea is a first for Birmingham, but by no means unique in the West Midlands.
Coventry began work on a similar lighting scheme five years ago.
During next month's council budget speech, Coun Whitby will also reveal a range of measures to support Birmingham's cleaner and greener city initiative.
Kerbside recycling collections will be extended across the city.
The council's major policy aims for 2006 include securing agreement to improve New Street Station and the expansion of Birmingham International Airport. The extension of the BIA runway was essential if the Birmingham and West Midlands economy was to prosper, Coun Whitby said.