Lighting is an important consideration when designing a building. Thanks to their low power consumption and high luminosity, LED Lights are able to help architects balance factors such as function, aesthetic, efficiency and cost with greater success. They also help reduce light pollution.
The following are just a few notable examples of LEDs in architectural design:
Luminous, Darling Quarter, Sydney
Part of an extensive revitalisation project in Sydney's Darling Harbour (former site of the Sega World Centre), "Luminous" (pictured above), the world's largest interactive lighting display, was created by introducing hundreds of colour-changing LEDs into the windows of two campus-style buildings.
The colour of each window is controlled independently, effectively turning them into pixels. During the week the lights display calming animations of clouds and waves, but at the weekend these turn into an upbeat and dynamic visual. Visitors to the area can also interact with the display using their Smartphones.
Montparnasse Tower, Paris, France
The Montparnasse Tower in Paris is widely regarded as one of the ugliest buildings in the world. Earlier this year Royal Philips completed work on the renovation of its exterior lighting system. Now the building boasts an impressive state-of-the-art DMX-controlled LED lighting system, allowing it to match its "sceneography" to the changing seasons.
Even more impressive, the lighting uses the same amount of energy as a small kitchen applicance.
The Empire State Building, New York
Instantly recognisable all over the world, the Empire State Building recently traded in its old architectural light sources for an advanced LED system capable of producing millions of colours.
Previously the lights were only capable of single colours which could only be changed by the application of coloured gels. Now they are changed at the touch of a button.
Tower Bridge, London
The renovation of Tower Bridge's antiquated lighting was completed just in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last month. The bridge, which was previously using static floodlights, now has a state-of-the-art LED Lighting system and will play a key role in the forthcoming London Olympic and Paraolympic Games.
The new lights have cut energy consumption by 40 per cent and won't need replacing for many years.
Hardbrucke Bridge, Zurich, Switzerland
It took nearly 1,750 LED lights ( MR16 LED spotlights ) to illuminate the busy Hardbruke overpass in the Swiss capital. Fortunatley, they use very little energy, so the municipal energy bill isn't too high! The installation has been lauded as the largest of its kind in the country.
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