The Tokyo Skytree uses LED to beam light and save energy

Article written by Life as a pet

The Tokyo Skytree, a communication, broadcasting, restaurant and an observation tower, was opened in May 2012 in Sumida, Tokyo. It has tiny light emitting diodes, LED, that beam light 100 meters into the sky. The tower is 634 meters (2,080 feet) high. It is the tallest tower in Japan as well as the entire world and second tallest structure in the world after 2,723 feet high Burj Khalifa. The lighting system was provided by Panasonic who is pioneering LED lighting systems to save the planet. The LED lighting system in the tower could save up to 43 percent energy compared to traditional lighting.

Traditionally ecofriendly LED is used to light up rooms economically. This is the first time a concept has been used to beam light using LED. The beam uses parabolic reflectors to beam light farther. It also allowed the developers to use 16,700,000 palettes of indigo and blue hues which represent the “Old Edo” area of Tokyo where the tower is located.

Japan is struggling to save power. After devastating tsunami, Japanese people are more concerned about nuclear power and looking for ways to save energy. The Tokyo Skytree is a major advancement in the right direction.