Lighting Retrofits

Lighting retrofits can reduce building costs significantly and involves updating fixtures, lamps and/or controls. Capitalizing on daylighting opportunities through structural assets or photosensor controls can further increase energy savings. The eight projects submitted to Celebrate NYC that upgraded lighting systems employed various technologies to cut energy costs. Some saw up to 50% savings from lighting renovations alone.

To see each project on the Exhibit Panels, navigate back to the main exhibit page, or find the address on its borough page.

45-08 40th Street, Queens

Working with the New York City Retrofit Accelerator allowed this property owner to create a plan for an effective lighting retrofit.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #2.

60 Columbus Circle, Manhattan

This after-hours lighting retrofit greatly improved the office environment, reduced lighting energy use, and shaved peak demand.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #3.

633 Third Avenue, Manhattan

To achieve Local Law 88 compliance, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center underwent a lighting retrofit that improved functionality while reducing operating costs.

Chrylser Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

One of the highest profile lighting retrofits in the world, upgrading the lighting in the iconic chevrons of the Chrysler building spire, yielded over 50% energy savings, massively reduced maintenance, and paid back in under two years.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #3.

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Goldman Sachs Headquarters, 200 West Street, Manhattan

A lighting retrofit demonstration project that installed advanced lighting fixtures, controls, and shading systems. Performance was monitored and lessons were marketed broadly through trainings, exhibits, and toolkits.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #2.

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MechoSystems Headquarters, 42-03 35th Street, Queens

MechoSystems completed a system-bysystem renovation of their former factory, transforming it into a state-of-the-art office that maximizes daylighting and utilizes the latest lighting and controls technology.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #1.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

By replacing obsolete and inefficient lighting fixtures with LED lighting in the three circular laylights in the Great Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art achieved increased energy efficiency, greater safety, and better aesthetic appeal.

Riverdale Osborne Towers, 345 Thatford Avenue and 420 Watkins Street, Brooklyn

This massive lighting retrofit, funded by the Con Edison Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management program, included replacement of all common area lighting with high efficiency LED fixtures and sensors.

This project is on Exhibit Panel #3.

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