Empire State Building Launches New Custom LED Lighting System By Philips Color Kinetics
With the flip of a giant switch, R & B music star Alicia Keys launched a new era for a landmark New York City skyscraper.
At 9PM EST. Monday night, the Empire State Building launched its new custom LED Lighting System designed by Philips Color Kinetics with a light show that was visible to anyone with a view of the signature skyscraper dominating the skyline in midtown Manhattan. The ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts were choreographed to synchronize with two of Keys' signature songs: "Girl on Fire" and New York City's 21st Century anthem, "Empire State Of Mind".
The audio was simulcast on four FM radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications whose transmitting antennas are situated upon the mast and transmitters situated on the upper level floors of the Empire State Building: WHTZ Newark, WKTU Lake Success, WWPR-FM New York, and WLTW New York.
The show was designed to introduce the building's new LED lighting that offers customized light capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors in limitless combinations.
It just goes to show you're never too old, established or famous to try something different.
© Giacomo Siffredi, with portions from EXAMINER.com: Empire State Building wows with light show to Alicia Keys music
This relates to the subject matter discussed on this forum, as the majority of Broadcast FM Radio and Television signals emanate from the Empire State Building. There was some discussion concerning whether this change would adversely some viewers' reception or the transmission of the signals, particularly VHF-Hi Television stations.
I have not observed any reduction in signal strength or disruption of service on any Television channels. It would be interesting to receive reception reports from AVS members to ascertain whether there have been changes in reception elsewhere. If reception remains the same, it would seem that the new lighting will not only bring an exciting new appearance to this historic Manhattan landmark, but it will not adversely impact reception of broadcast signals transmitting from the building's mast.