Louisville, Ky.'s Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Louisville, Ky.'s Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge received an LED makeover in early February.
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LED Lights Dance and Move Across Louisville, Ky., Pedestrian Bridge

by / February 17, 2015

In Louisville, Ky., a new installation of LED lights on the Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge -- 1,472 lights, to be exact -- is changing the city's waterfront landscape, adding motion and color, and covering the rusted steel bridge with kinetic light.

As of the night of Feb. 11, every evening from around sunset until 1:00 a.m. a schedule of programming provides rainbow effects or combinations of 2 or 3 colors that dance and move across the bridge.

“The Big Four Bridge has quickly become a favorite destination and an iconic landmark for our city,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release. “These new lights and colors will add even more energy and appeal and create a nighttime attraction that will draw and welcome visitors and citizens alike to our waterfront.”

The project cost $2.1 million, of which private donations covered 75 percent. Bridge lighting will operate year-round, the cost of which will be minimal. The lighting system consists of LED fixtures by Philips Lighting that are estimated to last 10 years, was designed and programmed by Vincent Lighting of Northern Kentucky, and was installed by Advanced Electrical Services of Louisville.

Certain holidays will have a dedicated theme; such as shades of red and pink for Valentine’s Day; green for St. Patrick’s Day; and red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.