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Statue of Liberty lights up with LEDs

Give me your tired, your poor, your LEDs: A donation of LED lighting will light up permanently tomorrow night on the Statue of Liberty, the iconic symbol of freedom in New York Harbor.

The Statue of Liberty is carrying a torch for energy savings, as it gets ready to light up under a permanent new LED system.

The US National Park Service will switch on the lights tomorrow evening at sunset, replacing temporary LEDs it had hastily installed after Hurricane Sandy destroyed a set of mostly underground metal halide floodlights in October 2012.

Compared to the metal halides, the LEDs will provide twice the brightness while cutting energy consumption by 62 per cent and curbing light pollution at the iconic monument of freedom in New York Harbor, the Park Service said.

The Park Service has also liberated itself from capital costs, as the lights come courtesy of a ‘generous donation’ from Iowa-based Musco Lighting, it said.

Musco also provided the temporary system, and has installed the lighting at the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the White House, and Flight 93 National Memorial.

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