Lighting up London’s Bridges

     

    April 30, 2019

     

    How do cities successfully build upon their heritage and make a lasting impact on how they’re perceived? A strong identity is vital for major global and European cities, if they’re looking to compete with other destinations for tourism as well as build thriving communities.

     

    Creating an identity relies heavily on visual elements. So when it comes to urban areas this could include everything from how famous landmarks are displayed, and the way prominent features such as rivers are seen, all the way to how safe and friendly an area looks and feels.

     

    This is where urban lighting, and architectural lighting, can make a huge difference.

    How light transforms a city

     

    Light is one of the most powerful means of breathing new life into cities and metropolitan areas and is becoming more and more of a focus when it comes to urban design and beautification.

     

    That’s why we’re so excited to be the connected lighting partner for London’s Illuminated River project – the first ever project designed to holistically light up to 15 bridges in London with dynamic, energy-efficient LED lighting.

     

    Once complete, the project will be the world’s longest public art commission and will reinvigorate the city’s famous River Thames bridges - not to mention further differentiating London as one of the world’s most attractive capital cities.

    Illuminated Rivers: Phase One

     

    We’re making great progress on the first phase already. In fact, we’ve just finished the pre-commissioning which is the testing and programming of all connected lighting points for London Bridge.

     

    At this stage we’ve programmed over just under 2,000 light points on the bridge. And that’s just one bridge! These light points give us an enormous range of possibilities: they are capable of displaying over 16.9 million different light colours combined to create stunning lighting effects across London’s bridges via Interact Landmark’s architectural lighting management system.

    Also, we’ve just finished the pre-commissioning process for all four bridges associated with phase one of the project: Southwark, Cannon, Millennium and London bridges. This process involved the testing and programming of all connected lighting points. So far we have successfully programmed over 6,000 light points for the first four bridges.

     

    Our Color Kinetics LED luminaires are tested, programmed, and tagged at our pre-commissioning centre located here in the UK. This ensures that they’re of the highest quality and can meet the needs of all stakeholders including the Illuminated River Foundation, the artist, Leo Villareal’s Studio as well as the London boroughs where the bridges are located.

    In fact, it takes around 240-person hours to prepare and test all the Color Kinetics LED lights for just one bridge. The luminaires are then packaged up, labelled and coded individually. This ensures that they correspond with the specified plan and are shipped out to London Bridge, before being put in place by expert teams from Proctor's Electrical Services at our installer, FM Conway.

     

    It might seem like simple logistics, but this process is absolutely essential to ensure the quality of the installation, particularly for such a large scale project.

    Of course, being connected, these lights will be monitored remotely by Interact Landmark from Signify. This software will scan and detect faults automatically. In the meantime we can’t wait to see the lights in action once the first phase goes live later this year.

    About the author:

    Photo of Iain Byrne at the pre-commissioning


    Iain Byrne


    Project Manager, Illuminated River Project, Signify

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Media Relations
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17
    Email: neil.pattie@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2018 sales of EUR 6.4 billion, we have approximately 29,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for two years in a row. News from Signify is located at the NewsroomTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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