The iconic Empire State Building (ESB) in New York City has switched to a computer programmable system of LED lights, and the New York City skyline just got a lot cooler.
ESB teamed with Philips Color Kinetics, to transition the building's tower lights to a state-of-the-art dynamic lighting system.
Just to give you a better idea, the old lighting had only 10 colors and it took several hours to change colors by hand, the new system has a palette of sixteen million colors and changes occur in real time with effects: ripple, cross-fade, particle and burst effects to name a few.
With the new lighting the Empire State Building also becomes a better neighbor since light pollution will be reduced, both the impact on neighboring buildings and the view of the night sky and stars.
The top photo shows the new lights in action, and the bottom photo shows the installed lighting system close up. Photos Courtesy of Philips