A defining feature of the New York City skyline since 1976, the Empire State Building lights have captured the world’s imagination for decades. We maintain a tradition of changing the color of the lights to recognize important occasions, holidays, and organizations throughout the year.
Since 2012, the building has used a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, capable of displaying more than 16 million colors. Visit our Youtube Channel to view some of our previous shows or click the link below to find out how you can become a lighting partner.
Text Us to Learn About Tonight's Lights!
Ever wanted to learn the reason why the Empire State Building is lit up a specific color at night? Now you can get real-time alerts about the colors and the cause behind them! Text CONNECT to 27416 to get regular updates and learn more insider information at ESB!
Our Lights in Action
On Saturday, August 1st, 2015, Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura took to the sky with a first-of-its-kind live video projection that illuminated the Empire State Building with beautiful, inspiring imagery of endangered species as never seen before. The towering images, more than 350 feet tall and 186 feet wide, and covering 33 floors of the iconic building drew attention to the creatures’ plight against mass extinction. Sia and J. Ralph produced and released a song, “One Candle”, specifically for the event. The show was captured, edited, and prominently featured as the uplifting ending of the documentary Racing Extinction by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Louie Psyhoyos (The Cover).
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