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Architectural Lighting

Barbizon Lighting, One World Trade Center, New York

Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center

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The control system for One World Trade Center’s iconic Spire Lighting, designed and installed by Barbizon Lighting, incorporates an Orion™ weather station with Weather MicroServer for environmental monitoring. Otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, the building soars to a symbolic 1,776 feet. It is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, and already an iconic New York landmark including offices and the One World Observatory tourist destination.

Extreme Weather and Worker Safety

Kate Groener of Barbizon explains: "Barbizon Lighting is using a CWS Orion weather station to monitor weather conditions and trigger safety measures if certain parameters are exceeded. The station sends an XML file with current weather conditions via FTP to Barbizon’s lighting control server every few minutes. Our lighting control server checks that file and reacts automatically to extreme conditions – for example, if the wind speed at the 1,776 feet is above 50 MPH the system will automatically shut down the beacon motor, or if the temperature is below -10 degrees Celsius the lights will automatically be turned on in order to generate heat and keep themselves from freezing over. The weather station is also used for realtime monitoring through the Barbizon Lighting’s custom user interface so that maintenance workers can get an accurate idea of the conditions they are going to be dealing with up above the city."

Barbizon Lighting Company has been providing professional lighting and rigging equipment since 1947. With offices around the United States, Australia, India and the UK, Barbizon provides lighting and rigging concept solutions and implementation for entertainment and architectural projects.

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