When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29th, it blew out the Statue of Liberty’s torch.
The statue was relit on November 9th when Musco Lighting provided a generous donation of equipment and services to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. It was relit through temporary measures that will remain in place until a full assessment of the extent of the damage to the lighting system is completed and a permanent fix implemented.
Musco developed a system of LED light fixtures powered by small generators and mounted on moveable structures that can be easily relocated as needed during the restoration work. The state-of-the-art LED lighting system will reduce energy use by more than 65 percent.
The LED light fixtures required three generators and operational support by National Park Service staff to turn them on each evening and turn them off the following morning. Incident response team electrician Gary Stansberry from Cuyahoga Valley National Park formulated a plan to move the lighting off of the generators.
On December 3rd, Stansberry and his incident colleagues restored electric and lighting controls to commercial power that will automatically control the lights, providing a short-term permanent fix.
The crew consists of maintenance workers from across the country here to help in response to Hurricane Sandy. They include Don Vincent from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Michael Brown, from Hot Springs National Park, and Travis Lisenbee, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
The Statue of Liberty continues to shine!