Cermak Plaza Illuminated by Lumenpulse
Oct 24, 2011 It has been announced that west of Chicago, The Cermak Plaza, a 55-year-old shopping center -seen in Hollywood films like Mike Myer's "Wayne's World" and Angelina Jolie's "Wanted"- is changing with the times. Since the 1980’s, it has been an unlikely, and sometimes even controversial location, where shoppers can not only buy a loaf of bread or a new outfit, but can also check out large-scale, public art sculptures including the famous “spiked” car piece by Dustin Shuler called “Spindle.”
Given its colorful past, it was not surprising that when the plaza lost its anchor store due to the downturn in the economy, and the owners decided it was time to reinvent the center to attract new business, they looked to LED lighting to make the buildings themselves a work of art. Choosing LED fixtures from Lumenpulse (www.lumenpulse.com) allowed the designers to fully leverage the technology for lighting effects, design flexibility and energy savings. Increasingly adopted in commercial and urban spaces, LED lighting can provide up to 75 percent in annual cost savings over traditional lighting sources.
Further, the way the Lumenpulse LED technology is lit also takes clean tech even a step further by being powered by 12 wind turbines positioned along the edges of the Cermak Plaza parking lot. This green tech combination -- which creates a color changing, opaque canopy over the stores -- creates a dynamic, highly visible and recognizable statement.
When the LEDS are on, the turbines power their illumination. If the turbines are creating too much electricity, power is sold back to the grid.
This installation is prime example of how LED lighting is changing the way we can illuminate our world, a visible beacon for the energy savings LEDs can bring.
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