The iconic Tower Bridge of London gets 21st century advanced LED lighting system to enlighten its historic and architectural magnificance for 2012 Olympic Games
20th June , 2012

The iconic Tower Bridge of London gets 21st century advanced LED lighting system to enlighten its historic and architectural magnificance for 2012 Olympic Games

Enlightened make-over for the Tower bridge prepares London’s World-Famous Icon for Historic Year 2012 Tower Bridge, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, has been transformed with a new world-class LED (light emitting diode) lighting system in time to mark the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The new state-of-the-art, energy efficient LED lighting system was officially switched on to illuminate the beautiful structure in spectactular diamond white on 30th May to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The new generation SSL (solid state lighting) system brightens up the bridge, enhances its architectural features and replaces conventional static lights with LED bulbs that can vary in intensity and colour, while at the same time reducing energy consumption substantially. The new lighting technology will take center stage during the 2012 Games when Tower Bridge will be fitted with its giant Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos for the 45 days of the Games. Observers passing by will see the new system being tested over coming weeks ready for spectacular one-off lighting displays during key moments of the Games. Londoners will enjoy benefits from the deal long after the Games, as the new lighting system will be in place for 25 years or more with minimum maintenance thanks to the long life-span and durability of LED lighting. In total 1,800 GE special energy-efficient LED lights have been fitted, along with 2,000 meters of energy-efficient LED linear lights, 5,000 meters of cable and 1,000 junction boxes.  Tower Bridge, already the world’s most recognizable capital landmark, now has a world-class LED lighting system to suit its status.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “Tower Bridge is already a global icon and this much-loved landmark is now even more spectacular thanks to a world-class illumination system. As London gears up for a summer like no other, this fantastic lighting makeover is another example of how the capital is benefiting from the Games. Tower Bridge can now play a starring role in London celebrations. What’s more, thanks to the commitment and generosity of all the partners, including the City of London Corporation, EDF Energy and GE, this is a lasting legacy for decades to come, achieved with a zero price-tag for the taxpayer.” Mark Boleat, the Chairman of Policy & Resources for bridge-owners the City of London Corporation, said, “The new lights will give Tower Bridge an elegant night-time look for the next 25 years, with the capability of creating firework-like displays on occasions of importance for London and the nation.”

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