Iconic Boston Building Gets an LED Make-Over

boston LED building photo

Photo via Philips

We talk a lot about the breakthroughs in LED lighting. Well, take note that the new technology is getting put to good use.

Boston's first official skyscraper, the Marriott Custom House Tower, was in need of a makeover, and it received one in the form of replacing its incandescent fixtures with LED fixtures, beautifying the building while using one third the energy. Conceptualized by Lam Partners Inc, the 125 new LED fixtures were chosen from Philips Color Kinetics. The lights will last about 20 years, and will need less maintenance than the old fixtures. The tower is lit from the 17th floor all the way up to the peak of the tower, and it makes a beautiful sight on the night skyline.

The improvement goes to underscore how far energy-efficient building has come in just the last few years. Brad Koerner, Project Designer at Lam Partners:

"To achieve this kind of architectural application with white LED technology would have been unthinkable even just a year ago. Today the long life and efficiency of white LED sources will open up new possibilities for sustainable urban lighting."

LED fixtures have indeed come a long way recently. We've talked quite a bit about the breakthroughs that seem to happen on a near-monthly basis, including with white LEDs, that make them an ever more appealing option. To see them put to good use already is encouraging.

Via Press Release
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