MetLife Tower

Bright and bold — colorful illumination gives a nod to the opulence of early twentieth century New York City.

The MetLife Tower completed a comprehensive renovation and refurbishment of the historic facade and exterior lighting in January 2002. Imagine relighting a fifty-story landmark tower that has been part of the New York City holiday lighting program for decades and making all elements of the system automated, including changing floodlighting colors and supporting scheduled events as well as dynamic lighting shows.

At the same time, imagine having to develop a custom color-changing floodlight to provide the distribution needed and to fit the physical constraints of the project. Then, tackle the need for a reliable show controller and network that addresses all lighting fixtures individually. Finally, do it all while overcoming maintenance concerns and staying within budget.

Project Highlights

• Advanced lamp technology
• Custom color change


Cushman & Wakefield


Project Background

700 feet tall


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Lumen Citation Award

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