LED lighting transforms California bridge
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed its LED lighting overhaul to the east span of the landmark San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. After three years of testing and designing custom fixtures, Musco Lighting provided an energy-efficient lighting solution featuring Cree XM-L LEDs to illuminate the suspension tower and bridge deck.
The bridge now employs nearly 1,600 custom-built light fixtures leveraging more than 51,500 LEDs.
The system lights the entire east span at an estimated energy savings of 50 percent, with a lifetime of 15 years. The system is expected to last seven times longer than previously deployed lighting technologies, while increasing the quality of light.
“We wanted the east span of the Bay Bridge to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also cost-effective and functional for travelers,” says Andrew Fremier, deputy executive director at the Bay Area Toll Authority. “The new LED lighting solution… improves the way residents and visitors experience the Bay Bridge. It provides crisp, brilliant light for all who cross it, while delivering energy efficiency and payback for years.”
Cree worked with Musco Lighting to install its XLamp XM-L LEDs. The product features a compact footprint, enabling Musco to reduce the fixture size by reducing the number of LEDs and optics in the system. According to Musco, the LED installation will save more than 2 million pounds of annual carbon emissions.
In addition to the roadway and suspension cables, the east span now features custom Musco LED light fixtures along the bridge deck and bridge structures.