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Connected LED lighting to illuminate London's bridges

An estimated 50-70 per cent of the annual electricity consumption for architectural lighting is saved by moving to LED connected technology

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The lighting will be centrally managed and remotely monitored by Signify's Interact Landmark system
The lighting will be centrally managed and remotely monitored by Signify's Interact Landmark system

The Illuminated River Foundation has chosen Signify as the connected lighting partner to illuminate up to 15 of London’s iconic bridges by 2022.

 

The aim of the project is to reinvigorate the city’s River Thames bridges and help to differentiate London as one of the world’s most attractive, leading capital cities. It will represent the longest public art commission in the world once completed, at 2.5 miles in length, equivalent to 44 football pitches laid end-to-end along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames.

 

Holistic lighting strategy

 

This is the first time there has been a holistic strategy to light up all of central London’s bridges. The aim is to create a multi-level visual experience for the bridges viewed by pedestrians on the bridges, from London’s riverbanks, from the air, from tall buildings and by boat

 

Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, won the contract to supply its Interact Landmark system and Philips Colour Kinetic LED luminaires to light up the bridges with dynamic, artistic lighting effects via its centrally managed software. In addition, Signify will provide lifecycle services to remotely monitor and manage the connected bridge lighting for the next 10 years.

 

The Illuminated River Foundation ran an international design competition for the lighting design which was won by the acclaimed, international artist, Leo Villareal and London architects, Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands.

 

Following a rigorous evaluation, Signify was awarded the project because of its global breadth and expertise in lighting and ability to deliver such an important, large-scale, connected lighting project. Also, a key factor was Signify’s experience of working with lighting designers and architects on the management of dynamic, architectural lighting scenes.

“London’s bridges are world-famous but had become overlooked in terms of their potential to transform our capital city at night,” commented Sarah Gaventa, director, Illuminated River Foundation.

“We’ve lit bridges around the world and seen first-hand the positive impact that dynamic architectural lighting has on transforming local communities and economies”

“What we are doing now, in partnership with Signify, to transform the bridges and riverfront, is ground-breaking. We are using dynamic, energy-efficient LED lighting for the first time on up to 15 London Bridges with Signify’s Interact Landmark system to create public art on the largest scale ever seen.”

Maria-Letizia Mariani, president of Europe, SVP, Signify, said light is one of the most powerful means of breathing new life into leading cities and metropolitan areas, heralding a new era of urban design and beautification.

 

“We’ve lit bridges around the world and seen first-hand the positive impact that dynamic architectural lighting has on transforming local communities and economies. It’s wonderful to give the people of London stunningly-lit bridges with some lit up for the first time,” she said.

 

Remote monitoring

 

Phase one commencing now will see four bridges illuminated by mid-2019 with connected Kinetic luminaires featured on the world-famous London Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge. The Interact Landmark system will remotely monitor and manage the lighting on all four bridges.

 

For the first time, this will see Cannon Street Railway Bridge illuminated as well as both the tops and undersides of the other three bridges. This will allow far more extensive, three-dimensional lighting effects to enhance the areas surrounding the bridges and facilitate safety.

 

More than 22,000 connected LED light points, capable of displaying over 16 million colours, will be used to create the dynamic lighting effects

Signify is committed to helping cities to develop eco-friendly business and tourist landmarks. An estimated 50-70 per cent of the annual electricity consumption for architectural lighting is saved by moving to connected LED technology compared with conventional lighting.

 

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