Originally completed in 1848 as a stone arch bridge, the oldest bridge in New York City has undergone a big and luminous makeover! An interesting design challenge was the juxtaposition between the old and new sections of the bridge – emphasizing the construction from different centuries. Warm color temperature LED uplights illuminate the voluminous stone archways above roadways and accents their curvature and rhythmic artistry.
“The design team used cool color temperature LED “button lights” which are surface-mounted along the span of the steel arch in a “tracery” manner to accentuate the shape of the curved structure and reflect in the water of the Harlem River below. By utilizing new technology – LED sources – for pedestrian poles, stone archway uplights, and steel span button lights, HLB was able to provide a high performance and highly efficient solution that reached safe light levels and was able to thoughtfully highlight the bridge form.” – Says Bradley
Extensive on-site mockups proved to be very useful and fun – even the ones in blistering cold. This allowed the design team to verify first hand, what we had previously only been able to estimate through computer software, by determining beam angles of uplights and final selections of all fixtures.
Closed since 1970, the newly illuminated High Bridge restoration accomplished two key milestones: celebrate the artistry of its steel and stone structures and provide adequate illumination for pedestrian safety.