The light show, which was intended to show off the iconic building's newly installed LED lighting system, was synchronized to music by Alicia Keys. As “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind” was simulcast on several Clear Channel radio stations across the city, viewers were treated to a light show capable of more than 16 million color combinations.
The lighting system, which was developed by Philips Color Kinetics
, is also capable of producing effects such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts, all of which were not possible with the previous lighting system.
The installation of the new lighting system was first announced in May according to Digital Trends
. It made its official debut on November 6th as part of CNN's live election night coverage. The sides of the spire would light up blue or red as the results for each state was announced.
Keys not only had the honor of having the spectacular show synchronized to her music, she also got to pull the switch to start the show. She told MSN
“The Empire State Building has always been a symbol of what’s possible in New York, and all the dreams that can come true in this city that never sleeps. I’m so excited to unveil the new tower lights that are going to illuminate the city below like never before—shining bright with inspiration. As a proud New Yorker, I’m so honored and humbled to be a little part of its history.”