‘Tis the season for LED holiday displays. Here’s a round-up of some rather interesting displays in 2013.
Rockefeller Center, New York, New York
This world famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, a 75-year-old Norway spruce, is illuminated by 45,000 rainbow LEDs and features a 550 lb., 9.5-foot-wide Swarovski crystal star on top.
The National Christmas Tree, Washington, DC
GE provided the design and lights for the National Christmas Tree for the 51st time this year. This year’s tree features 110 LED net lights and 225 LED string sets – all Energy Star® qualified, and 265 LED spherical ornaments. The total wattage is about 5700 watts – saving 80% energy as compared to incandescent holiday lights. That’s equal to saving one ton of coal, and nearly a 5700-pound reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Trafalgar Square, London, England 2013
Each year since 1947 Norway’s capital city Oslo has donated Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square, to thank Britain for its support during World War II. The tree stands 20 meters tall and features about 900 LED lights.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sponsored by Bradesco Seguros, this Rio tree is the largest floating Christmas tree in the world. Towering 85 meters into the sky, the tree floats slowly around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone) throughout the holiday season. It features over three million microlights, two thousand strobe effects, one hundred meters of hoses and one hundred LED reflectors.
Delray Beach, Florida
The 100-foot tall Christmas tree is festively illuminated with over 15,000 LED lights, carefully decorated with 39,000 ornaments, and contains 3000 branches.
The Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan
The Caretta Shiodome, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, located in the elegant 51-story Dentsu Building, hosts the “White X’mas in the Sea” featuring a vast ocean of LED lights and an illuminated, animated display on the walls of the shopping center. The light show incorporates interactive 3D projection mapping, allowing visitors to influence the appearance of the video sections of the illumination and the rhythm of the soundtrack by clapping their hands. Here’s a link to a video showing how the display was put together as well as its premier complete with school kids clapping.
For Further Reading
Clearlysapphire.com, The Evolution of Christmas Lights – From Incandescent to LED, http://blog.clearlysapphire.com/?p=313