Posts in the outdoor category

To Infinity and Bayonne: LEDs Serve as a Monument to 9/11

The Bayonne Bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York and is the fourth longest steel arch bridge in the world. In memory of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the New York Port Authority, the organization in charge of the bridge’s upkeep, in 2009 approved a plan to install red, white, and blue LEDs along the steel arch of the bridge. The busy Bayonne Bridge sees approximately 20,000 automobiles a day, so the monument to the fallen of 9/11 would have a large audience to appreciate the ambitious installation and its patriotic message. The brightness, durability, and colorful capacities of LEDs made them perfect for this project and other outdoor lighting projects like it.

BulbAmerica has a wide array of LED products to choose from. We have exactly what you need so check it out today. As usual, leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at 1-877-622-0897.

By Victor Lopez | | 9/11, bridge, bulbs, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

The Cairo Tower: Standing Tall and Burning Bright with Philps' LEDs

In Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, stands the 613ft Cairo tower. Constructed between 1956 to 1961, the Cairo Tower was and continues to be a monument to Egypt’s ascendance as a world power and a key Middle Eastern nation. Recently, the Egyptian government sought out Philips and their advanced 
LED technologies to revitalize the tower by adorning its lotus-like exterior with spectacular 
color changing LED lighting . The Egyptian government was attracted to Philips’ 
because they could contribute rich colors to the skyline while using little electricity and requiring little maintenance.
BulbAmerica has a wide selection of indoor and outdoor LED products to help you unleash your lighting creativity. From LED PARs to beautiful LED washes, we have whatever it is you need. As usual, leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at (888)505-2111.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

Fun-Identified Flying Objects: LEDs Go Extraterrestrial

If you’ve read this blog with any regularity you’ve probably read at least one article about the architectural and entertainment applications of LEDs. In this article I’m going to detail another application of LED technology that is truly out of this world, namely UFO lighting. New York artist Peter Coffin recently completed a 23ft in diameter UFO that featured 3,000 individually addressed bulbs that were controlled via a computer to create vibrant extraterrestrial lighting. Coffin and his team took their remote control LED UFO on a flight through the historic city of Gdansk, Poland to the delight, and among some, the disquiet of pedestrians on the ground. The LED UFO has also made a flight through the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, and before a crowd of 500,000 displayed its impressive color changing LEDs and its elegant flight.

Peter Coffin’s LED UFO is the likely the most creative uses of LEDs I’ve come across thus far. Indeed, LEDs are not only ideal for spacecraft, but their durability and compact packages make them ideal for aircraft, watercraft, and automobiles as well. BulbAmerica stocks a wide array of LED products perfect for all applications. LEDs will last long, likely never fail, and will save you money. As usual, give us a leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at 1-877-622-0897 with any further questions you have.

By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, led, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

Griven's Outdoor Lighting Attracts Investors to Ukrainian Business Park

Griven’s outdoor color changers are an important tool for any business or group that wants to draw attention to itself. This past winter in the city of Donetsk, southern Ukraine’s industrial center, employed Griven’s color changers to draw attention to its thriving commercial sector by illuminating the city’s new business park, the Stolichiny Business Center. By washing the main buildings of the Stolichiny Business Center in the rich light of Griven’s Kolorstream color changers, officials in Donetsk hoped to attract business owners who were looking for new or additional space for their businesses. Not only did Griven’s outdoor color changers illuminate the buildings with brilliant light, but they also made the buildings of the Stolichiny Business Center stand out against the other buildings in the area.
When it comes to outdoor lighting, Griven’s color changers cannot be beat. Their power, durability, and beautiful CYM color changing make them truly unrivaled. BulbAmerica carries Griven’s entire line of outdoor color changers and other products, so be sure to check out what we have to offer. As usual, be sure to leave your comments or questions on our blog or
or call us at 1-877-622-0897 for any further inquiries.
By Victor Lopez | | led, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

Light Simulates Water in Rockefeller Center with LEDs

Though it went up in 2008 and is no longer there, the Electric Fountain, a 35ft tall LED powered fountain, was truly a testament to the artistic and imaginative capabilities of LED technology. The fountain was erected in the center New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center and featured 3,400 LED bulbs and 2,100ft of neon tubing. The LED bulbs were sequenced and timed in such a way that they realistically simulated the rise and fall of water. Amazingly, the 3,400 LED bulbs only used 120amps.The Electric Fountain drew roughly 250,000 people and demonstrated to the public the outstanding potential of LED bulbs.

Even since 2008 there have been tremendous strides made in LED technology. Today, BulbAmerica stocks numerous types of LED retrofit bulbs, outdoor LEDs, and other LED products that were not available even two years ago. It is likely that increasing numbers of LED retrofit light bulbs and applications for LEDs will reveal themselves very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more news about LEDs and we will keep you updated. Don’t forget to leave us a message or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at 1-877-622-0897 for any further inquiries.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

LED Lights Bring a Taiwanese Department Store to Life

Telee Star Place is a department store featuring high end retailers, restaurants, and apartments in the center of Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan. The building features an avant-garde all white curving design with a ‘void’ toward the front of the building that the building’s 12 floors bend around. Though the interior of the Talee Star Place is radical, the exterior of the building is mesmerizing. The glass façade of the building has placed over it a giant aluminum lattice of metal fins and ridged pieces that create a swirling pattern on the front of the building. Fitted into the aluminum fins are LED modules which are controlled by external controls and animation software, making the building appear to come alive with light.

The LED façade of the Telee Star Place represents the boundless creativity possible with LED lighting in architectural applications. BulbAmerica has a wide range of both LED products for architectural and entertainment applications, so be sure to check out what we have to offer. As usual, leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at (888)505-2111 with any further inquiries.


By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, led, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

Daft Punk Comes Alive with Moving Heads and Strobes

Some things you will always remember: your first kiss, your child’s first steps, your first bicycle—you get the picture. I certainly remember all of these things, in addition to one very bright memory: Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive tour’s concert lighting. I know it was a number of years ago now, but it just doesn’t get much better than this show. Daft Punk, a pair of French DJs, was situated in a giant pyramid surrounded by huge lattices of LED tube lights. The base and top of the pyramid were comprised of LED screens to keep the action truly non-stop. The pyramid was surrounded by two diagonally hung trusses, one on either side of the pyramid, which framed Daft Punk’s pyramid with a combined 12 moving heads powered by Philips’ MSR metal halide short arc lamps. Perpendicular the diagonally hung truss was another truss that ran the width of the stage, featuring another set of 12 moving heads and three powerful strobes to get those robotic effects necessary to match the music.

There parallel trusses were hung above the stage; these trusses featured a combined 38 moving heads and eight strobes to really create a multi-dimensional lighting experience. Mounted directly on the stage, surrounding the pyramid, were another 18 moving heads and six strobes to ensure that the lighting designers had all of their angles covered. As you can probably infer, Daft Punk’s show was packed with moving and dynamic lighting. If you have ever heard Daft Punk’s music you would know that their space-age disco hits could only be matched a lighting set up that was truly massive, ever-changing, and well, alive.

BulbAmerica has all the stage lighting equipment, including strobes, moving heads, and LED tubes, to make your performance a memorable one. Check out what we have to offer today! As usual, leave us a comment on our blog or our Facebook or give us a call at 1-877-622-0897 for anything you need.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, concert, lights, moving heads, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

The Tallest Skyscraper in the World's Light Show Reaches Unprecedented Heights

This past January the inauguration of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, took place. The 2,717ft tower was inaugurated with perhaps one of the most technologically complex light shows ever created, featuring video, fireworks, and of course lighting. During the entire ceremony, 320 automated 7,000w xenon searchlights sent powerful white beams of light darting in sync with the fireworks being shot off the sides of the building. The ceremony also featured the most powerful searchlight in the world, a 72,000w xenon lamp powered single-beam search light. United Arab Emirate (UAE) newspapers reported many of the 6,000 inauguration invitees clasping the backs of their necks after nearly thirty minutes of looking up at the mesmerizing fireworks and searchlight display.

BulbAmerica has an array of searchlights and other outdoor lighting products to make a stunning impression on your audience. In addition to searchlights, we have numerous outdoor color changers, promotional projectors, and gobo changers to capture the attention of anyone near by. As usual, leave questions or comments on our blog or Facebook, or call us at 1-877-622-0897.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, followspot, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

New York's FAO Schwarz Gets an LED Makeover

The FAO Schwarz on New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue is likely the most famous toy store in the world. The designers responsible for the lighting for the store’s renovation therefore faced a significant challenge when they were faced with the task of redesigning the store's lighting. The designers sought a lighting system that would sustain the store’s fanciful and exciting environment while remaining versatile and efficient. Another hurdle was devising a way of evenly and vibrantly lighting the store’s expansive 140ft by 60ft floor space and while ensuring that the store’s merchandise be adequately lit. The lighting designers settled on a plan to stud the entire ceiling with almost 80,000 individually addressed LED bulbs. When the project was finally completed the ceiling was adorned with an astounding 28,080ft of color changing light. Moreover, the ceiling lights also serve as a gigantic LED panel and can create lively shows, shapes, and images for the customers at the store to enjoy. The color changing and LED panel effects made them ideal for matching the lighting to the varying themes and displays used at the store.

Though you may not be able to create an LED light system quite like FAO Schwarz’s, you can come close, and save money and energy while doing it. Start adding color to your home or business lighting and check out what we have to offer today! As usual leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call 1-877-622-0897.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, christmas, effects, holidays, led, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more

Exit Light, Enter Night: Metallica's Concert Lighting Keeps the Heavy Metal Light

By BulbAmerica Editor

I was thinking about my favorite lighting from some of the concerts I have been to over the last couple years, and one concert stands out in particular, Metallica’s concert from theirDeath Magnetic tour. Though my memory of this show (it was in the spring of 2009) is a tad hazy now, PLSN wrote a great article on their lighting and jogged my memory. The lighting scheme of Metallica’s show was simple. To the lighting designers nothing else mattered but the band’s performance and the audience’s enjoyment of it. The stage was the center of the action and the audience surrounded it so there was no backdrop. This presented two lighting problems: the audience had to be lit because the audience was the background of the show and the band had to be lit from above. Another complicating factor is that the members of Metallica like to move around a lot on stage. These circumstances required the lighting designers to use spotlights and truss mounted, automated followspots to keep track of the band members on stage.

The majority of the stage lighting was accomplished using an elaborate overhead truss system, fashioned to look like huge coffins, on which hung lasers, and a large number of moving head washes and other units. This lighting strategy was chosen to create a memorable, almost ghostly and fairly minimalist look, absent of hard edged light beams. There were also moving head washes set up on the drummer’s individual stage and on other parts of the stage for supplementary lighting.

Controlling the show was no easy task. As the PLSN article reported, Metallica typically chooses from a range of 30 songs that will play during a show, so the lighting designers had to program cues and scenes for all of these songs. This meant that by the time it was show time, their controllers had roughly 4,500 cues programmed, just so they were prepared for any song the band would play.

Though you may not have the resources or the heavy sound of Metallica, you can certainly put together a lighting system using followspots, spotlights, moving heads, and lasers to wow your crowd. Make BulbAmerica your one stop shop for lighting. As usual, leave a comment or question on our blog or Facebook or call us at 1-877-622-0897.
By Victor Lopez | | bulbs, concert, effects, lights, outdoor | 0 comments | Read more