LEDs Light Up Hollywood and Beyond


Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, Orlando, Florida

LEDs are taking the entertainment world by storm.  Famous entertainment venues are using LEDs for their ability to save energy, but more importantly for its entertainment value.  The ability to control LED displays using computers delivers instant value with virtually unlimited possibilities for lighting, image design and video display.  Here is a quick round-up of some notable uses of LEDs in entertainment.

America’s Got Talent – 4 million individual LEDs light up NBC’s America’s Got Talent stage.

Cinderella’s Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom — 16.7 million LED lighting fixtures light up Cinderella’s Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida at night.  During the Holidays, 200,000 LED lights do a special light show.

Fremont Street Experience – The Las Vegas Fremont Street Show attraction, with more than 25,000 visitors each year, features a mix of vintage Las Vegas and live entertainment surrounded by the latest in high technology.  The Viva Vision canopy and light show includes more than 12 million LED modules and 555,000-watt sound system for visiting acts like Brett Michaels, Survivor and other rock bands.  The Viva Vision screen contains 12.5 million synchronized LED lamps, including 180 strobes and eight robotic mirrors per block. Viva Vision can display 16.7 million color combinations in making up one of the world’s largest screens to display six-minute videos.

New York’s Broadway – Known as the “Great White Way” for the way the famed New York City theater district was originally lit with white lights, Broadway has now converted to LED and CFL bulbs.  38 Broadway theaters converted to LED and CFL bulbs on their marquees, saving 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year according to the Broadway Green Alliance.  D3 LED, LLC, recently completed the first state-of-the-art LED display marquee and digital media system in Broadway theatre history for New Amsterdam Theatre.  D3 is also working on several high-profile marquee display projects including the Apollo Theatre, Times Square Visitors Center (formerly Embassy Theatre), and School of Visual Arts Theatre (formerly Chelsea West Cinemas) in New York City.

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It seems like LEDs are in everything these days – backlighting everything from your mobile phone, Apple iPad and flat screen HDTV to traffic lights, light bulbs and even the kitchen sink. But, making LEDs is a complex process that begins with the creation of sapphire. Not the pretty blue gemstone, but large commercial crystals that can weigh as much as 400 lbs. Once these large sapphire crystals are grown into boules and cooled, they’re cut into cores, cut further into flat circular wafers, polished and then used to grow LEDs. About 85 percent of HB-LEDs (high brightness) are grown on sapphire. There’s not that much information out there about the process. This blog is meant to shed some light (excuse the pun) on sapphire, LEDs and the industry that is devoted to making our lives just a little brighter. In the months ahead, we’ll tackle some topics that will help you understand a little more about sapphire and LED industry. Here’s a sample of what we’ll cover in the coming months: • Growing sapphire • For a wafer, size matters • Quality - When sapphire wafers go bad • LED light bulbs • Market & myths • Interviews with industry shining stars • Reports from industry events • Current events in perspective Please join us each week to learn more about sapphire and the LED market. We look forward to seeing you.

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