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Top of the Rock
New York City, New York

  • project Top of the Rock
  • client Rockefeller Center Management
  • electrical planning Design by Tony DeLaurentis, International Lights
  • photographer James Brigagliano, HYEXPOSURE Photography
  • representation International Lights

Top of the Rock has been enthralling vis­i­tors from all over the world since open­ing on Novem­ber 1, 2005. But the story of the obser­va­tion deck stretches all the way back to the very begin­nings of Rock­e­feller Center. Sev­enty sto­ries high, it was the first attrac­tion to open to the public when the RCA Build­ing (aka 30 Rock­e­feller Plaza) debuted in 1933, and almost imme­di­ately became a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion among New York­ers and tourists alike. The 190-foot rooftop prom­e­nade, the obser­va­tion area, was a place to see and be seen. By the fall of 1935, an aver­age of 1,300 vis­i­tors a day paid admis­sion to view the breath­tak­ing 360-degree panorama of the city and beyond.

The obser­va­tory remained open until 1986, when it was closed due to high costs and low atten­dance. During it’s 19 year clo­sure, it under­went a major ren­o­va­tion. The project went beyond refur­bish­ing the view­ing decks on the 70th-floor to create a new entry and exhi­bi­tion spaces, and in 2005 the rooftop reopened as Top of the Rock.

The abil­ity of Selux to replace exist­ing res­i­den­tial-grade bol­lards with a custom height Notch LED Bol­lard was inte­gral to the light­ing design. The custom LED bol­lard was also chosen for its stur­di­ness along with its cutoff asym­met­ri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion of light. Qual­ity mate­ri­als and supe­rior wear resis­tant powder coat finish make Notch LED Bol­lard the per­fect choice for the chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions on the 70th floor, while pro­vid­ing unob­tru­sive light to sight-seek­ers of the New York City sky­line at night.

Selux is proud Notch LED Bol­lard was chosen to light the way for more than three mil­lion vis­i­tors each year to Top of the Rock as they gaze upon Cen­tral Park and the Empire State Build­ing, among other Mid­town land­marks within the spec­tac­u­lar 360-degree scene.

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