Lighting a bridge over the Ohio River

Lighting systems today – with evolutions in flexibility, maintenance, efficiency and creative applications – have allowed designers and architects to think beyond simply lighting a space to move into lighting to design the space and the experience of those who use it.

  • How can we use lights to direct people, the users of a space?
  • How can we use lights to keep a space safe, reduce distracting glares and eliminate light pollution?
  • How can we make a bridge crossing a dark river and connecting two states come to life at night and move people in the right ways?

Those were the questions we addressed when working with a recent bridge lighting/mixed use bridge project.

The Lewis and Clark Bridge, also called East End Crossing, outside of Louisville, Kentucky, is an auto and pedestrian bridge connecting Prospect, Kentucky and Utica, Indiana over the Ohio River. The bridge needed a lighting solution that would allow pedestrians and autos to move through the same space, comfortably existing and using the bridge together. Thoughtful integration of those two traffic lanes allows both commuter and recreational traffic to exist side by side. The design required directionally specific cues to make that work.

KLIK worked with the project’s design and construction teams to provide KLIK LEDpod lighting products that would best fit the need and move users in the right direction. KLIK’s LEDpod lighting provided the benefits needed for the handrail lighting for this project.

  • Adaptability for design
  • Directionally specific lighting
  • Low-level lighting
  • Reduced light pollution and low glare lights
  • Energy efficient lights

The 2,500-foot cable bridge covering the Ohio River opened to acclaim and a public celebration in December, 2016. The installation gives drivers and pedestrians glare-free LED illumination. The LEDpods are versatile enough to fit any application, but are especially popular with handrails and path lighting. They illuminate in symmetrical or asymmetrical distribution without needing to tilt the handrail, thus forcing an unwanted design change. Essentially, the lights fit the space, not the other way around. Visit the KLIK website for further information on LEDpod lighting, the specific products available and details regarding installation, maintenance and long life.

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