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Christmas Lighting


Left: Rockefeller Centre's iconic Christmas tree, which is this year illuminated by LED lights that are being powered in part by solar panels. This is part of a green initiative from Tishman Speyer. Below: James Glancy Design believes that the focus on tradition and using Christmas lights to brighten dull winter evenings makes it easy for them to get enthusiastic about their projects.


programme introduced by Tishman Speyer for their properties around the world. The tree was first illuminated with LED lighting back in 2007, marking a huge step forward in the efficiency of the installation. The 30,000 lights draw a fraction of the power that had previously been required by the tree, reducing energy consumption from 3,510 kWh to 1,297 kWh per day. This year, the LED lighting used for the tree is part of the green initiative from Tishman Speyer, along with the installation of hundreds of solar panels on top of one of the buildings at Rockefeller Centre to help power the lights.


In the UK, Christmas lighting doesn’t get much more iconic than London’s Regent Street. Each year the shopping


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hotspot gets a lighting makeover, and this year’s installation continued the city’s celebration of the London 2012 legacy as Team GB and Paralympics GB were there to press the magic switch and get the street twinkling. The theme for this year is the 12 days of Christmas, offering a truly festive experience for shoppers.


Piggotts have been providing the Christmas lighting for the West End since 1954, and the company has a dedicated team of designers, project managers and installers to manage each scheme. The team were delighted to be getting to grips with such a traditional scheme for Regents Street, as well as the lights at Oxford Street, which were this year sponsored by Marmite and switched on by Robbie Williams.


The beginning of the Christmas period is officially signalled by the invasion of twinkling lights in towns and shopping centres, with innovative and exciting installations used to brighten our spirits and also as a very valuable marketing tool.


Contact


MK Illumination T: +44 (0) 1254 778670 www.mk-illumination.com


James Glancy Design T: +44 (0) 20 7252 8844 www.jamesglancydesign.com


Piggotts T: +44 (0) 1277 363 262 www.piggotts.co.uk


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