The Auckland Harbour Bridge will be set in lights in a bold plan poised to transform the city’s skyline and create a global attraction. The $10 million project will see the bridge illuminated with lights powered by solar energy. It is believed to be the first major bridge in the world to have all its lighting powered entirely by solar power from 630 panels installed on top of North Wharf in Wynyard Quarter.
The bridge will join world monuments like the Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which all light up in customized displays. Often the lights are set to match a holiday or in solidarity of a tragic event.
Every light – using half the energy of standard lighting – will be individually controlled, allowing colors to change. The planning, consenting and installation of nearly 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights is expected to take several months. It is hoped the lights will be turned on before the end of 2017.
Lighting the bridge represents the next phase of a 10-year partnership between Vector and Auckland Council. The New Zealand Transport Agency, which manages the bridge infrastructure, says it is pleased to support the project. “The bridge has been an integral part of the city since it was built more than 50 years ago and we’re delighted to be using sustainable resources to bring it to life at night,” says NZTA chief executive Fergus Gammie.
The bridge under construction in 1958
The bridge north-west from the Sky Tower
sources: wikipedia, nzherald