Built in 1957, the 429 m (1,407 ft) Parkovy Bridge over the Dnieper River provides pedestrian access to Trukhanov Island, a famous recreational area in Kiev. Previously, the only means of reaching the island was by boat in the summer or crossing the ice in the winter.
As part of a reconstruction project, the city of Kiev wanted to replace the bridge’s fluorescent lighting with modern, energy-efficient LED lighting that would provide a welcoming entrance to the recreation area. The lighting solution needed to display dynamic lighting effects reflecting the seasons, holidays, and cultural events; uniquely suit the city and its inhabitants; and it had to be reliable and vandal-proof.
A seamlessly integrated, end-to-end Color Kinetics lighting system was selected due to Color Kinetics innovative solutions and advanced control capabilities. With 30 cm (12 in) between the nodes and 9 m (29 ft) spacing between the vertical lines of light, 4,700 Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX luminaires (now specified with Flex Compact gen3, RGB) were mounted on both sides of the bridge, following the structure so as not to alter the appearance of the bridge during the day. The system is controlled with Color Kinetics Light System Manager gen5, 5,000 node and powered by Color Kinetics PDS-60ca 24V.
With easy and secure remote management, the ‘Pedestrian Bridge,’ as it is commonly called, now shines in the colors of the rainbow, with dynamic colorful paths and light drops that resemble rain. Energy consumption has been greatly reduced, from 24 kW to 8 kW. The project was so successful, Kiev plans to illuminate all their bridges in a similar manner.
"This is the first bridge in the capital to be decorated with dynamic decorative lighting using modern technologies. In the future, we plan to apply such lighting on the facades of houses, overpasses, and bridges of the capital." - Chairman of the Kiev City State Administration Alexander Popov