MEMPHIS — Mighty Lights, a privately-funded dynamic LED installation on Big River Crossing launched in 2016, has dramatically expanded Memphis’ downtown revitalization by adding a connected LED lighting system on the iconic Hernando de Soto Bridge. The installation, which debuted on October 27, 2018, features Interact Landmark, a cloud-based architectural lighting system provided by Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), the world leader in lighting. This is the first connected LED lighting installation of its kind which can remotely monitor both the Big River Crossing and Hernando de Soto Bridges from a single dashboard and remotely manage content, creating a citywide immersive experience for onlookers.
The Mighty Lights on the Hernando de Soto Bridge includes nearly 10,000 individually controllable Philips Color Kinetics light points. These durable architectural lighting fixtures are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather, excess vibration due to automobiles, and extreme heat. The cutting-edge LED technology featured in the Mighty Lights installation can produce over a billion intensely saturated colors in a variety of beam angles, ensuring that every truss and cable on both bridges is defined and vibrant. The LEDs can also create hundreds of possible light distribution patterns and configurations to create static displays or fluid and animated color shows which commence every hour on the hour after sundown on Big River Crossing and the Hernando de Soto Bridge.