GE Lighting's Tetra Contour LED system specified for Olympic Games makeover of 118 year old London icon
LONDON, UK, 10TH NOVEMBER 2011 - The fine architectural details of London's iconic Tower Bridge will be clearly visible at night for the first time in its 118 year history thanks to a project that will see more than 2 km of GE Lighting's Tetra Contour architectural LED lighting installed on the bridge's stone and metal work.
The project forms a key part of a major lighting makeover of the bridge, one that will also see the installation of controls enabling the mood of the lighting to be changed to suit different occasions.
A London 2012 Sustainability Partner, GE's system will help cut energy consumption on the bridge by as much as 40% and will be based on the company's architectural lighting series Tetra Contour LED. Supplied in 2.44 m lengths, it takes the form of a flexible LED light engine that can be moulded on site to fit the shape of architectural features. A total of 2,240 m are to be installed, highlighting intricate details that could previously only be seen in bright daylight.
"An LED solution was specified for two reasons," explains Phil Marshall GE Lighting President-CEO EMEA. "Firstly, this is a green lighting makeover; the overall project will help reduce the energy used to light the bridge by up to 40 % compared with the previous system. As a London 2012 Sustainability Partner and London 2012 sponsor, GE is excited to contribute with this new project to London's sustainability commitments.'
"The other main factor is the quality of light. The use of white LEDs will reveal the subtle colours of the stonework and accentuate the beautifully restored metalwork. The use of our Tetra Contour solution provides flexibility in both sense of the word: the flexibility to bend and mould it to shape, and flexibility to achieve the performance and energy efficiency required."
The new system will also see the use of the company's 90W LED Floodlights, together with other lamps and fixtures installed as direct replacements for the old system.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, 2012, said of the project: "This city is going to be watched by the world next summer and this grand old lady of London, one of our best loved landmarks, is now set to play a sparkling role in the celebrations. But what's more, this is another lasting legacy for stemming from the Games which will benefit the city for decades."
The overall lighting system, designed by Citelum, will enable different moods to be created for events other than the Olympics, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – also in 2012 – marking 60 years on the throne, and annual New Year celebrations.