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Philips ‘smart lighting’ illuminates new Chinese bridge

Dutch technology conglomerate Philips has introduced innovative 'smart lighting' which has illuminated one of China's largest bridges. Phillips Lighting Color Kinetics technology is providing the stunning visual lighting effects which can change up to 16.7 million colors.

Phillips cutting-edge architectural LED lighting was selected as system to 'light up' the Yellow River Bridge in Yinchuan, China. In comparison to conventional lighting it has been estimated that Philips 'smart lighting' long-life LED system can deliver up to 75% in energy savings, whilst in addition to this it is also projected to reduce savings on operations and maintenance.

The double-cable suspension bridge is one China's newest bridges and it spans the entire width of the Yellow River, which is the sixth longest river system in the world. The bridge has been illuminated using Philips dynamic LED lighting, and the bridge also connects the city center of Yinchuan City in North China with the new Binhe area. The lighting gives the impression that a waterfall is running beneath the bridge.

Residents have been in awe of the stunning water curtain which is illuminated in rainbow colors - Philips Color Kinetics technology is responsible for the amazing visual effect. It has been disclosed that the Shanghai Bright Language Lighting Design Co was tasked with the responsibility for the lighting design on the bridge and the project contractor was Shanghai New Century Industrial Equipment, whilst it was further disclosed that the bridge project was designed by the Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute.

The construction of the Yellow River Bridge took over two years to complete and last April was opened to traffic for the first time. The lighting installation process conducted by Philips was completed by April 2017. The bridge is 6,587 meters long and eight lanes wide, and is supported by six 98-metre-tall towers, each with cables that span to a total of 218 meters.