London’s Illuminated River Project Powered by Signify

Signify has been announced as the connected lighting partner to illuminate up to 15 of London’s iconic bridges by 2022. In July, the City of London Corporation has passed a project, named “Illuminated River,” to incorporate the 15 bridges on the River Thames for setting up lighting installation.

Signify won the contract to supply its Interact Landmark system and Philips Color Kinetics LED luminaires to light up the bridges with dynamic, artistic lighting effects via its centrally managed software. In addition, Signify will provide lifecycle services to remotely monitor and manage the connected bridge lighting for the next 10 years.


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Led by the Illuminated River Foundation, project aims to create a free public artwork with multi-level visual experiences. The project will follow the lighting design of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who have won the international competition for the project. Experienced in cooperating with lighting designers and architects in large-scale, connected lighting projects, Signify will help to manage the dynamic, architectural lighting scenes.

Sarah Gaventa, Director of Illuminated River Foundation, said, “London’s bridges are world-famous but had become overlooked in terms of their potential to transform our capital city at night. What we are doing now, in partnership with Signify, to transform the bridges and riverfront, is groundbreaking. We are using dynamic, energy-efficient LED lighting for the first time on up to 15 London Bridges with Signify’s Interact Landmark system to create public art on the largest scale ever seen.”


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The lighting installation will be completed in 2022. During phase one commencing now, four bridges including London Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge will be illuminated by mid-2019. Being connected, the lighting will be monitored remotely by Interact Landmark. The software will detect and manage faults and perform remote diagnostics and maintenance, improving asset management and thereby reducing costs. On the 15 bridges, there will be more than 13,000 luminaires. These will be controlled individually or centrally to create dynamic, unique scenes.

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