Helmsley Building Will Stand Out in NYC Skyline with an LED Light System

LED lights - Helmsley BldgBy Danielle Stewart

230 Park Ave, also known as the Helmsley Building in New York City, will be lit up every night for the first time this new year.

The system being installed is an environmentally friendly LED light system that is very similar to the lights in the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Every night the lights will be slightly different except for their energy efficient status. The computer
-controlled LED light system changes color and can be programmed to put on quite a show. The lighting crew says due to the programmable controls, the exterior can go from “tame to wild” in a matter of minutes.

NY1 reporter Adam Balkin interviewed a spokesman for the company that retrofitted The Helmsley Building, and he said, “The building’s going to pop, it’s going to stand out and it’s going to be visible from 40 blocks away — something that’s never been this way before.”

What is very interesting about this retrofit and other recent retrofits like this is that not only is this a pretty sight to be seen, it also shows the world that historic buildings and iconic structures can all change and become environmentally friendlier; it only takes people becoming more aware of not only the visual benefits but the long term environmental benefit as well. In 2010, this very building became the first pre-war office building in New York to earn Gold LEED status.

“Typically what we’re going to do is we’ll come up with one static look, it’ll stay that way for 20 minutes, or 27 minutes, and then there will be a three minute dynamic change into a different color set,” Says Al Borden, spokesmen for the lighting company.

As an energy-efficient lighting manufacturer, Precision Paragon [P2] loves sharing inspirational stories such as these to spread the word about retrofits and promote all the amazing uses for LEDs inside and out of buildings new and old.


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One response

  1. Might this be an example of Jevon’s Paradox? ie, when things get efficient we ironically end up using more of them? Like, why in the world does this building need to be totally lit up? just because it’s “efficient lighting” doesn’t meant it’s sustainably minded…

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