SPECTACOLOUR COLOR CHANGERS ADORN THE BULKELEY BRIDGE
To celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Bulkeley Bridge, the bridge was lit
for the entire month of October 2008. Articulight provided the lights for
the Bulkeley Bridge and was the proud sponsor of the
fireworks at the BIG MO" held October 2, 2008.
The most magnificent structure on the Connecticut River, the
Bulkeley Bridge took three years to construct at a cost of $3
million in 1908. Great care was taken to create the bridge’s
arches, and granite blocks were hand-selected only if the
stone’s grain complimented the grain of the adjacent blocks.
Most of the granite came from Stony Creek and Leete Island
quarries in Branford. The Bulkeley Bridge has survived floods,
ice jams and has earned a spot on the National Register of
Historic Places. The bridge’s design and construction was
overseen by Morgan G. Bulkeley, a leading Hartford citizen of
the day. He served as president of Aetna Life Insurance
Company, Mayor of Hartford, Governor of Connecticut, U.S.
Senator and President of baseball’s National League.
LIGHTING OF THE BRIDGE
Forty-four SPECTACOLOUR 96 RGB
http://articulight.com/led/spectacolurrgb96/index.html energy-efficient LED
lights bathed the Bulkeley Bridge in multi-color splendor throughout the month
of October 2008. Twenty two units were installed on the north side of the bridge
as well as twenty two on the south side. Funding for the $175,000 lighting
installation was provided by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and
Riverfront Recapture, using funds from private sources. Most of that
expenditure, such as the purchase of the LED light fixtures, control equipment,
and brackets to hold the fixtures on the bridge, can be applied to a permanent
installation of lighting on the bridge in the future. Articulight, an
industry-leader in LED lighting technology, provided the fixtures, control
equipment, and computerized technology that makes it possible for the lights to
change colors. Articulight, based in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, has illuminated
structures around the world, including the SANTA LUCIA RIVER WALK in Monterrey,
Mexico (the largest in the world)
http://articulight.com/acc/city02/mexico/index-2.html and the Chevy Icon in
Times Square in NYC
http://articulight.com/acc/city02/timessquare/index.html. The nightly cost
of electricity to power the lights is approximately only $4.
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