Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Stage Electrics in partnership with Philips and Architainment Lighting has revived the architectural lighting system of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge with spectacular effect.
Acclaimed as the world's first and only tilting bridge the LED lighting solution supplied is in itself a revolutionary development in LED technology. The new lighting system's colour mixing effect LED projectors compliment the striking, white arched structure and has created vibrant illumination through both static coloured illumination and dynamic colour changing sequences. The system is programmed to run without the need for user intervention, starting up at sunset and running through until 1am.
As Craig Grieveson of Stage Electrics comments: "When Gateshead council decided that the time had arrived to update the existing lighting system it was an ideal opportunity to put forward Philips ColourReach™. It's the first LED architectural floodlight which is powerful enough to illuminate large-scale structures having more lumen output than any other comparable fixture for exterior illumination."
Indeed, ColorReach™ offers exceptional light projection of up to 5,000 lumens over 500 feet providing colour mixing effects through both static anddynamic colour changing sequences.
In this instance, the ColorReach™ modules also offered an energy saving opportunity operating at 290 W at full output compared to the 700 W traditional floodlights they replaced.
Simple and easy to use the system is programmed to run from sunset through to 1am each evening. To create these stunning effects, a total of 8 RGB LED ColorReach™ Powercore luminaires were installed, all incorporating a flexible selection of beam angles allowing differing combinations of dynamic displays to be produced. These were run via an DMX controller using astronomically triggered timelines as well as real time special events.
Potential also exists, for example, to use one beam on the module's lower half to bathe the vertical plane with colour at deck level whilst utilising a different beam angle to project a contrasting or complementary colour hundreds of feet up at the top of the bridge arch. In addition, two remote touch screens have been installed to allow bridge staff to take manual control of the system for last minute special requests or specific colour requirements.
Without doubt, the additional dynamic flexibility offered by ColourReach™ will further add to its multi award winning status as a major national and international tourist attraction.