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Connected lighting system for Ol' Man River

A cloud-based lighting platform installed on the Big River Crossing provides remote monitoring and management of 100,000 LEDs

The Big River Crossing illuminated. Photo: Darius Kuzmickas
The Big River Crossing illuminated. Photo: Darius Kuzmickas

The installation features more than 100,000 energy-efficient Philips LEDs

Technology is transforming the way public spaces are illuminated

Philips Lighting has unveiled a state-of-the-art connected LED lighting system on the Big River Crossing in Memphis.


The dynamic lighting system was commissioned to commemorate the grand opening of the bridge which spans nearly one mile in length. It is the longest public pedestrian/bike bridge across the Mississippi River.


The installation incorporates more than 100,000 Philips light points including Color Kinetics ColorGraze Powercore MX4 luminaries. According to Philips, the connected luminaires offer an expanded palette of more than one billion saturated colors or pastels and hues in a variety of beam angles so that the full volume and depth of the bridge will be showcased.


These capabilities allow the LED lights to produce hundreds of possible configurations and light distribution patterns to create static displays or dynamic color shows that can be programmed to commemorate special events, holidays and important civic causes.


Remote monitoring and management of the lighting is enabled through Philips’ ActiveSite system, a cloud-based connected lighting platform. Historical analysis and reporting tools will also offer insight into system operations, allowing system managers to evaluate and optimise performance.


“Over the last century, the Harahan Bridge has been a centerpiece for the Memphis metropolitan area, its citizens, visitors and local businesses. Revitalizing the bridge and adjoining Big River Crossing through dynamic lighting experiences will ensure its role as a source of great pride for our city and the region for the next hundred years and more,” commented Mayor Jim Strickland.


“Technology is radically transforming the way public spaces are illuminated while also helping to contribute to the economic, social and cultural prosperity of the local community,” added Amy Huntington, CEO of Philips Lighting Americas.


“This dynamic lighting system featuring high quality, energy efficient LED lights is designed to enhance tourism and community impact by reimagining how people experience the iconic boardwalk.”


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