Vincent Thomas Bridge sparkles with solar-powered LEDs
After only 17 years of planning, the Vincent Thomas Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles has been lit by 160 solar-powered blue LEDs.
The bridge is lit using 160 LED beacons supplied by LEDtronics. The BSD1928 fixtures contain a large array of 5-mm LEDs and have a 180-degree viewing angle. They consume 19.5 W of power, provide a luminous flux of 263 lm and have a retail price of $898.
Although less intense than lights from a previous design, the LEDs will be visible for miles in all directions, and the blue color was chosen to stand out from other harbor lights. As part of a compromise with conservation groups, the lights will switch on nightly only from dusk to midnight, so as to not disturb bird migratory patterns.
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