Alighting at Bryant Park. Photo by Bill Wisser courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Lighting Science Group.
New York City is lit with dazzling displays of energy-sucking holiday decorations this time of year. But the pop-up pond at Bryant Park has an alternative lighting rig for its skating rink, open daily until midnight this winter. Illuminated by a new Jewel-Light Luminaire of LEDs, the rink, located behind the main library just a block from blazing Times Square, hosts a free option to the Rockefeller Plaza and Central Park's Wolman Rinks. Not just little twinkly bulbs, these give off some serious candle power."The Jewel-Lights add a brighter and environmentally friendlier experience," said the Director of Design of Bryant Park, Igancio Ciocchini, about the energy saving light emitting diodes. The light fixture is created by lighting designer Leni Schwendinger, who participated in Mexico's recent "City Beautification/Sustainable Lighting Design Forum.
"I wanted to develop a beautiful, practical, forward-thinking and sustainable solution for new and retrofit markets that translates into significant cost savings and beautification for cities," said Schwendinger who manufactures the Luminaire through the Lighting Science Group Corporation. Her Light Project fuses art and design with light, illuminating public works and infrastructures around the world for municipal agencies and buildings. Recent projects include the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and SpectraScape in Dallas, Texas.
The Luminaire is durable enough to use on bridges, sidewalk light fixtures and exteriors, aesthetically reducing costs and energy. Available in white diamond, ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald (hence the Jewel-Light name), the environmental solution contains just 24 LEDs that use only 28 watts of energy with a lifespan of 50,000 hours, which should last years unlike incandescent bulbs.