The Empire State Building‘s iconic lights are getting a green makeover! The famous floodlights that change hues to commemorate all of the holidays of the year will soon be powered by energy efficient LED lights. The swap-out is being implemented with the help of Philips Lighting America, and soon the New York landmark will glow brighter and more energy efficiently than ever.
The glowing lights atop the Empire State Building were installed in 1976 to celebrate America’s Bicentennial. Since then, the skyscraper has been illuminated with bold hues to celebrate everything from St. Patrick’s Day to the Gay Pride parade. The Empire State Rebuilding program has been looking to make the switchover from incandescent to LED lights for several years, and now that the the LED technology is finally cost effective, the building is glad to swap their old bulbs out.
There are currently 546 flood lights, which come in just ten color options but according Anthony Malkin of Malkin Holdings, they will be swapped with enough LED replacements for 1200 fixtures and be available in 16 million colors!
Along with other energy efficient practices, the Empire State Building aims to reduce its energy intake by 38.4%, but with the LED switchover, they estimate a savings of 50%. The multi-million dollar investment should take just 5 to 7 years to pay off.
Via CNN Money