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Philips Color Kinetics &
Empire State Building Partnership

Empire State Building, New York, New York USA

It makes perfect sense. When the world's most famous office building decided to modernize its iconic tower lights, they chose the industry's premier LED lighting provider to help them do it: Philips Color Kinetics. And on Monday, November 26th, 2012 the world-famous Empire State Building (ESB), in collaboration with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and 14 time Grammy® Award winner, Alicia Keys, gave a gift to New York City and the world by revealing ESB's new, one-of-a-kind LED tower lights with a first-ever light show on the Landmark. The show marked the official unveiling of the groundbreaking new LED lighting system, developed by the world's leader in LED lighting Philips Color Kinetics (PCK).

At 9:00 p.m. ET, Alicia Keys kicked off the light show by flipping the switch live in Clear Channel's New York City studio with Elvis Duran, Z100; DJ Clue, Power105; Helen Little, 106.7 Lite FM; and Cubby, 103.5 KTU— the moment was synchronized on-air to two of Keys' tracks—her single from her new album "Girl on Fire," followed by her smash hit "Empire State of Mind." The light show is now available for on-demand viewing and download at, home to Clear Channel's digital radio service.

The state-of-the-art dynamic lighting system from PCK is unique to ESB and allows customized light capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors in limitless combinations along with effects previously not possible such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts. In addition to greater control and management of the lighting, the new computerized system will deliver superior light and vibrancy levels in real-time, unlike the previous floodlights.

In 2012, the Empire State Building partnered with Philips Color Kinetics to renew its famous tower lighting system. Extending from the building's 72nd floor to its mast, the tower lights change colors to recognize key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries, and holidays throughout the world.

Innovative, intelligent LED lighting solutions from Philips Color Kinetics are already in use in over 34,000 transformative, high- profile installations around the world. Now we're using our unparalleled expertise to make the Empire State Building's renowned lighting system more flexible, more dynamic, and more dramatic than ever before.

The Blog:

Behind The Scenes at the Empire State Building

My name is Mike Lay, I'm with Philips Color Kinetics and I'm the Project Manager for the Empire State Building tower lights project. Here I will be giving my weekly updates to share details and behind the scenes happenings related to the installation of our state of the art LED lighting system designed for the Empire State Building. We welcome you to follow our updates on this iconic building.
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