While New York’s Times Square and Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing have dominated popular culture with their flashy LED display advertising, famous landmarks around the world have been quietly turning to the energy saving lighting to illuminate their buildings including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Brandenburg Gate, the Singapore Flyer, CN Tower, the Ericsson Globe Arena, and the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome (in New Orleans, Louisiana).
New York’s Empire State Building – famous for its ever-changing light display – is getting ready to deploy LEDs. The team behind the landmark is installing an innovative computerized LED system that allows for a nearly endless array of color combinations, going from 10 under the old system to more than 16 million colors. Currently, a team takes several hours to change 400 light fixtures. With the new system, the color changes occur automatically. The system installation is anticipated to be complete by September 2012.
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, after already using LED lighting for exterior areas, is now beginning a second project with Toshiba to develop LED lighting for the interior of the museum. The project will illuminate some of the most famous exhibits including The Mona Lisa and the Red Rooms along Napoleon Hall in the Louvre’s main entrance. To date, the Louvre says that the museum has reduced energy costs on the exterior lighting by 73%.
LED lighting has already been tested at other famous venues in the art world including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.