Ben Franklin Bridge

    I-676 and US 30 - across the Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Photo Credits: Carlton Read

    A bridge makeover features dynamic light

    Years ago, as part of an overall refurbishment project to mark its 75th birthday, the Ben Franklin Bridge received a colorful makeover, with LED lighting from Color Kinetics bringing brilliant, changing color to the deck of the bridge. According to the lighting design team at Grenald Waldron Associates, the inherent benefits of LED lighting made it an easy choice for this unique project.

    The brightness and saturation of the color produced by the Color Kinetics LED lighting is just awesome, and the rapidity and liveliness of the color changes and effects you can create with this lighting is like nothing else," they noted. "Couple this with the fact that the lights won't burn out for 11 years, and we were sold." The level of intelligent control offered by Color Kinetics LED lighting was put to spectacular use in a variety of light shows designed to commemorate holidays and celebrate city events, including a literal variation on Color Kinetics' well-known Chasing Rainbow effect that has the lights “chasing" the trains that cross the bridge. The result? Beacons of color that shine out from the deck of this majestic bridge, providing dynamic light shows that can be seen from as far as ten miles away.


    This bridge is being renovated again, so stay tuned!

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