Iconic bridges and skyscrapers throughout the world consume huge amounts of energy and these architectural structures might require retrofitting in order to become energy efficient. Some attempts, which could turn these structures greener, are already underway. One such attempt has already been initiated by the energy giant GE (General Electric), which would involve the makeover of the lighting of the famous Tower Bridge in London. The time is also apt for giving the bridge a new green look as the summer Olympics would soon trod the city.
GE has been providing the LED treatment to the Tower Bridge as part of its Ecomagination initiative. It aims at giving the bridge a cool and pleasant appearance through the use of energy-saving LED lights. In coordination with the City of London Corporation, London’s City Hall and EDF, GE is targeting to successfully complete replacing the lights with LED installation. This initiative aims at achieving around 45 percent reduction in the use of energy by the bridge. There will be an innovative installation of bright LEDs on the streets, as well as energy-efficient floodlights for providing an artistic touch to the whole structure.
The Tower Bridge currently has neon lighting at its upper level. This will be replaced by GE’s Tetra Contour Cable, which would not only offer a marvelous look to the bridge but also save hugely on the energy usage. The new upper-level lighting system would require 40 percent less power as compared to the previous neon lighting system. The complete green lighting system has the capability to offer multiple color shades to the tower that will beautifully reflect through its scintillating appearance during the games.