We all know that a building as iconic as the Empire State Building deserves the finest accouterments technology can provide; that’s why she’s getting with the times and going green.
Since 1931, the Empire State Building has stood for New York City, and New York City has stood for it. Now, as the city’s energy and environmental concerns have grown, indicated by Mayor Bloomberg’s well-received PlaNYC 2030 sustainability initiative, the Empire’s lighting apparatus is loyally following suit. In particular, the Empire will soon begin to supplement its current fluorescent system with LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes.
If this technology perchance rings foreign to your ears, chances are it won’t to your eyes; the video-billboards in Times Square we’re all so familiar with are built around the energy-efficient and super-intelligent technology of the LED. In addition, governments around the world are increasingly turning to the LED to emancipate the intersection at large from incandescent bondage. This is because the LED produces little heat, consumes extremely little energy, and lasts a tremendously long time.
But that’s not all.
The festive and symbolic color schemes that the Empire is so well known for used to take six men a full day to set up. Not only did these changes take a long time to make, the color options were restricted to the very limited number of color filters available. Now, because LEDs are a digital, ultra-intelligent technology, the Empire will have a near-infinite number of color options, controllable with the flip of a single switch.
Easy-to-use would be an understatement.
Consuming a mere fraction of the energy devoured by traditional lighting technologies, lasting much, much longer (up to 10 years!), and offering design and display options only dreamt about, it is abundantly clear that the LED is quickly becoming the most sensible lighting option out there. Needless to say, if the ultra-iconic Empire State Building can be considered a valid harbinger of change, the world seems to be on the brink of an LED revolution.
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