What can LED lighting do for a city? Global Tech LED can show you. Dallas—the city’s past famously recalls the regional iconography of oil booms and leather boots, 10-gallon hats, longhorns, BBQ, and a very catchy opening credit sequence. But Dallas, like the vast state that serves as the city’s home, is among all else a big place—too big to ever fit within convention conceptions or stereotypes. With the 4th highest population in the nation, the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex stretches across 400 square miles of Texas plains, a boundless circuitry of high-rises, color, and glowing light that culminates in a towering center recently crowned the world’s number one skyline. That’s right—in the world, as in the entire planet—edging out traditional heavy hitters like New York City, Paris, London, and Tokyo. Certainly, there are larger cities—including Dallas’ big Texan brother Houston. But the ranking reflects style, not scope. And, according to experts, the city’s uniquely “colorful” display of LED “interactive lighting” was the game changer.
The skyline itself boasts a variety of skyscrapers—its tallest being the 72-story Bank of America Plaza building. Built in 1985, this late-modernist skyscraper was a leader in technology, but as time passed and technology advanced, updates became necessary, and suddenly the venerable plaza was a different kind of giant—looming large with old-school argon lighting. The “Green Lights” that border the skyscraper are iconic but not without their troubles. In 1986, it took six months for owners to replace 1400 lighting tubes because they weren’t installed properly and in June 2004 storms broke a lot of that lighting.
The Bank of America Plaza’s green lights have become definitely iconic feature of the Dallas skyline, so the effort to keep them shining bright was a big deal. Still, many other buildings draw on the power of LED—both, in Dallas and beyond. Reunion Tower in Dallas is an observation deck and, like the Bank of America Plaza, a staple of the Dallas skyline. Completed in1978, the Reunion Tower recently received acquired an added 259 LED lights to its exterior. In addition, the Omni Hotel of Dallas, opened in 2011, has become famous for it’s illuminated wrap-around lights—a design made possible through 2200 protective tubes housing 3-foot-long LED fixtures, totaling a cumulative four miles in combined length.
LED retrofitting of this kind has become more and more common. It is estimated that retrofits will double by 2020, reaching $151.8 billion. More importantly, LED lighting provides a more streamlined and sustainable answer to contemporary energy needs. Buildings retrofitted with LED can save over 70% in energy expenses, benefiting not only their owners, but the environment at large. And while Global Tech was not involved in the Bank of America Plaza Building, it could’ve been, and is proud to facilitate and enable these types of retrofits.
Enter, Global Tech LED. Global Tech is an LED lighting solution manufacturing company specializing in LED retrofit kits and new fixtures for commercial and industrial lighting applications. Dallas led the way with its big retrofit, but the innovations in Dallas represent only a part of a much larger trend. In many ways, Global Tech started this trend—the company has provided LED retrofitting from as far back as 2008. Global Tech has enabled retrofits for Union Pacific Railways, Swift Aviation, Colorado’s Department of Transportation, as well as retrofits for sporting arenas, parking garages, and parking lots. Global Tech’s dedication to providing LED lighting goes beyond just doing business and doing it well. They support and fully advocate the use of LEDs not only for their aesthetic impact, but also for their undeniable energy savings and functionality. The inclusion of LED is not only important for environmental reasons. The technology also enables design opportunities otherwise impossible with traditional alternatives. LED technologies also enable interactive features that promote community involvement. Put simply, older lighting technologies are bad for the environment–not only wasteful but difficult and costly to maintain. They also aren’t nearly as cool. The LED trend will continue to grow–the numbers and notoriety prove it—and Global Tech will continue to not only participate in, but lead, this lighting revolution.