Empire State Building getting LED makeover

The Empire State Building is lit in red and yellow to honor the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in this photo taken from across the East River Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 in the Queens borough of New York. The color scheme has caused controversy among critics of the China's communist government. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

May 8, 2012 5:42:51 AM PDT
It might not be the tallest building in New York City anymore, but the Empire State Building will still have a world-class light show.

The old lights atop the tower reportedly are going to be replaced with 1,200 high-efficiency LED lights.

The switch will cost $6 million, but the energy savings will pay for the new lights in just six years.

The new lights should last six times longer.

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