What’s that red blinking light?
One 411 reader was wondering about that super bright red LED light on top of the Lackawanna Plaza Clock Tower.
“why does the new hoboken clock tower need the brightest flashing red beacon in NJ? it is not as tall as the W hotel or Marine View plaza. it is NOWHERE near as tall as Steven’s to the north, or ANYTHING in JC to the south. is it a beacon for ferry boats? they have GPS and radar, and a light for a boat doesn’t need to be 75 feet in the air. a land mark for planes? you gotta be kidding me, the twin neon pyramids are more visible, and NYC could also be a good landmark i think. so why do we need a extremely bright flashing red beacon on the clock tower that is brighter than the one on top of the Empire State Building? the stupidity meter hitting a strong 9 on this one.”
A spokesperson for NJ Transit had a simple answer:
“The red flashing LED beacon is required by the FAA for low flying airplanes/helicopters.”
My guess for using super-bright LED’s is the same as why all new cop cars and other emergency vehicles have them: They’re more energy efficient and last up to 10 years. Expect all new buildings to have lights this bright.