Posted by Heidi Schwartz
In December 2013, Philips, along with Little Rock’s Mayor Stodola, and Entergy Arkansas revealed a new dynamic LED lighting system for the Clinton Presidential Bridge, the Junction Bridge, and the Main Street Bridge. Entergy donated a combined $2 million for the lighting of the “River Bridges” in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary. The project fulfills the vision of Mayor Stodola, who first learned about the impact of iconic lighting during his participation in the United States Conference of Mayors over the last two years.
A number of other organizations contributed to the cost of this project including the Clinton Foundation and the Pulaski County Junction Bridge Authority. Unique public-private partnerships like the ones between the City of Little Rock, Entergy, Philips and these organizations allow projects like this to become a reality.
The Clinton Presidential Bridge, named after Arkansas’ native son and former President, along with the Main Street Bridge, were previously in darkness, while the Junction Bridge received a retrofit with advanced Philips lighting controls. The three bridges are among six that run along the Arkansas River and connect Little Rock and North Little Rock. Originally used for railcars, the bridges, two of which are now pedestrian walkways, were in need of a lighting solution that would create a feeling of safety for passersby at night, while highlighting their importance to the city.
The lighting ceremony gathered residents and visitors alike to watch a special light show that was designed to celebrate the rich history of Arkansas and the river that houses all three bridges. Former President Clinton was also in attendance to honor the city that he calls home. Philips Color Kinetics worked closely with city officials to ensure that the lighting solutions could meet their goals of not only drawing people to the area, but also helping create a sense of community and civic pride.
Koontz Electric installed over 1,300 Philips fixtures on all three of the bridges and with each fixture being able to deliver 16.7 million colors, the possibilities for color combinations and patterns are virtually endless. The bridges can be programmed to produce individualized light shows for each bridge, or synced with each other to create the same scheme across all three. The result is a diverse collection of gorgeous light schemes which glint against the skyline and river.