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Energy-Efficient, Changeable-Color LED Lighting Accents the Exterior Look of the Landmark "Tower of the Americas" in San Antonio

Jan 31, 2007

Act One Communications


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The renovated Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas now uses the solid-state LED lighting to decorate its exterior with eye-catching, changeable-color light in the evening. Other than its appealing visual attraction, the LED lighting offers the advantages of energy saving, long life, and electrical safety. The system supplied by Act One allows easy lighting pattern designs with the popular animation software Flash or equivalents.

San Antonio, Texas—January 31, 2007— The landmark in San Antonio - Tower of the Americas is a 38-year-old and once the highest tower (750 feet) in America. It finished a 2-year, 13-million dollar renovation project in June 2006, and one of its creative renovations is the application of state-of-the-art energy-efficient, long-life LED (Light Emitting Diode) decorative lightings.

This new lighting system accents the Tower in the evening with smoothly morphed color lights on the top deck, making the Tower appealingly noticeable from miles away in the city. The changeable color lighting also decorates the ground-level plaza to attract pedestrians. The system was supplied by Act One in Irwindale, California, which has been designing and manufacturing LED lighting and display products since 1998.

LED has become well known for its extreme long life and very low power consumption. It is a solid-state material that illuminates in color when being charged with a very small amount of DC current (only a few hundredth of an ampere). Different combinations of the chemical elements compose into different materials to produce different color lights. Compared to the conventional incandescent light bulbs, the LED draws only about 10-percent power for the same brightness, and its longevity allows it to illuminate continuously for over ten years without burning out.

In the past, the most popular color lighting for decoration of the buildings has been the neon lighting. As it requires the use of AC power transformers to raise the 110-volt household power to over 1,000 volts, it has always been an issue or concern to the public safety. The new LED lighting technology has a distinct advantage in that it uses a low-voltage DC power, normally 30 volts or less, and won't cause any serious harm to people.

The lighting colors that decorate the Tower of the Americas can be changed in any creative patterns as designed. The design is done with popular computer animation software such as the Flash by Macro Media, and the system operation is done with a digital controller furnished by the manufacturer Act One.

For more information about the manufacturer Act One, visit www.actone1.com.



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