GE gets green light to illuminate Tower Bridge
08 November 2011
GE and its UK partner EdF Energy have received a formal approval to install GE’s new energy efficient LED technology and a cabling system to illuminate Tower Bridge. The new lighting will replace a 25 year old legacy system and help cut the amount of energy required to light the landmark by 40 per cent. Both companies are sponsors of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in London next year.
The new system is designed to enhance the architectural features of the 117-year old structure. GE’s multi-colour LEDs with variable intensity will illuminate the bridge’s Victorian gothic turrets, granite and stone towers as well as an aerial walkway and suspension chains.
The flexibility of the lighting design will allow London officials to transform the bridge into a centerpiece for other celebrations and special event’s such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and New Year’s Eve festivities.
GE's involvement with the 2012 games ranges from supplying uninterruptable power generators for the main Olympic stadium to advanced medical diagnostic equipment. The company will also provide a large number charging stations for a fleet of Olympic electric vehicles.
The bridge lighting will be installed by the French firm Citelum, which has designed lighting for landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.