Philips Color Kinetics (PCK) has illuminated the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge with its new, advanced LED lighting system.
The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge comes alive with a new advanced LED lighting system from Philips Color Kinetics (PCK). (Photo: Business Wire)
Motivated by the features of LED lighting discussed at the 2010 United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame sought the help of Philips to refurbish the 60-year-old bridge. Following lighting upgrade, the bridge turned into the city’s centerpiece. Besides being eco-friendly, the new lighting system can be customized to generate varied-colored light shows, attracting tourists from all over the world.
The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge includes a steel truss extending across 620 ft and mounted 138 ft above the ship channel, thereby accentuating the city’s skyline. Originally constructed during 1950s, the bridge has been the gateway to the city, but its original lighting systems were corroded due to extreme conditions. Prior to renovation, evaluations and tests were conducted on the LED lighting systems by Naismith Engineering and Spectrum Lighting.
With simple installation procedure, the PCK system delivered light output that was 4x more intense than other related products. The city originally supported two smaller pilot projects with PCK lighting such as the wind vanes on the local amphitheater and in the downtown area, representing the system’s guaranteed-stability against harsh Gulf Coast environment. The project received funds from American Bank, the Port, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the city of Corpus Christi.
Renovated and relit in the month of December 2011, the bridge has turned into a vibrant attraction in the city, especially in the Corpus Christi areas. With varied-color changing lightshows that change monthly, worldwide tourists and local inhabitants were fascinated by the new displays. This renovation promoted economy in the hospitality businesses in the bridge area, such as hotels and restaurants.