Empire State Building to Get New LED Rooftop Lights, Report Says

By Ben Fractenberg on May 7, 2012 5:17pm 

The Empire State Building is getting new LED lights, which will allow the building illuminate more colors.
The Empire State Building is getting new LED lights, which will allow the building illuminate more colors.
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MIDTOWN — The city's skyline is about to get a little more colorful.

The Empire State Building is replacing the building's 400 exterior lights with 1,200 LED fixtures, The New York Times reported Monday.

The new lights will reportedly be controlled by computer and will greatly increase the color palate and lighting effects of the building, the top of which glows in different colors to mark holidays and other occasions.

“When the Yankees win the pennant, we can put pinstripes on one side of the building and solid blue on the other,” Jeff Campbell, director of architectural products for Philips Color Kinetics, told The Times.

The new lights will also reportedly last three to six times as long as the current bulbs and save the building 75 percent annually in energy costs.

Currently the side of the building is illuminated by placing gel filters over flood lights, a process which can reportedly take up to seven hours to complete.

The installation is set to begin in a couple weeks and is scheduled to finish sometime in the fall, according to The Times, and will cost "a few million dollars."

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