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Immersive LED light show on I-35W Bridge

Philips Lighting and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) featured a series of dynamic light shows on the I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge on February 2-4, 2018, in celebration of this Sunday's big game activities taking place in Minneapolis. The recently completed upgrade to a connected LED lighting system allows the 1,907-foot (600 meters) I-35W Bridge to put on special light shows tailored to themes of specific holidays, important civic causes, and special events. The iconic bridge is a vital link for commuters and truck freight across the Mississippi River and into Minneapolis.

"The revitalization of the I-35W Bridge lighting system is a great story for the State of Minnesota," commented John Pedersen, Lighting Operations Supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. "The light shows created by the new LED lighting system confirm the bridge as an icon in the city skyline and a source of pride for the entire region."

The connected LED lighting system supplied by Philips Lighting uses Philips ActiveSite, a cloud-based lighting management system that provides remote monitoring, control and maintenance. This enables lights to be programmed remotely and supports operational efficiency. Reporting tools including historical analysis also provide unprecedented insight into system operations, which authorized system managers from the MN DOT can use to evaluate and optimize performance.

"LED lighting is having a transformative effect on cities that reaches far beyond the purpose of simply providing light. Public lighting installations like the I-35 Bridge contribute to the socioeconomic prosperity of a region, its local businesses and citizens." said Roger Karner, head of Market US at Philips Lighting.

The architectural connected lighting installation includes among other things more than 650 Philips Color Kinetics outdoor lighting fixtures, including the Philips ColorGraze MX4 Powercore, Philips ColorBlast Powercore gen4, and Philips ColorReach Powercore gen2. These fixtures have been specially designed to meet the extreme vibration, temperature and corrosive environment the bridge is exposed to. The connected luminaires offer an expanded palette with millions of intensely saturated colors or finely tuned pastels and hues in a variety of beam angles to accentuate the design and multiple facets of the bridge. These capabilities allow the LED lights to produce hundreds of possible configurations and light distribution patterns, from static displays to dynamic color light shows to capture the imagination of local residents and inspire millions of visitors.

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