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Sparking blue lights adorn LA Harbour Bridge

March
28, 2005. Associated Press of Pakistan

 

WASHINGTON, Ma 28 (APP)- Los Angeles’ Harbour Bridge sparkled into light recently.
   
The Blue LED lamps that crown the bridge’s cables were provided by Southern California-located LEDtronics Inc., owned by Pakistani-American Pervaiz Lodhie.

"They work as we expected, but seeing all the LED lamps lit up was amazing," remarked Lodhie, while community members have thanked him for making them proud.

It is the official welcoming monument for the City of Los Angeles. As the 3rd longest suspension bridge in California, behind the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, it is
source of local pride.

LEDs are small but strikingly bright lights that use only a fraction of the electricity incandescent lights consume. Additionally, they ope!  rate for  years and are nearly indestructible.

At the ceremony, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn threw the switch and the lights sparkled for the first time on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The Bridge was adorned with the lights after long 17 years.

Funding, energy shortages, migrating birds and a pair of nesting peregrine falcons had all thwarted previous attempts to string lights across the mile-long span. While frustrating, the delays proved beneficial in the end. Advances in lighting technology enabled the ideal solution - Blue LEDs, which weren’t available in 1988 when the campaign began to light the bridge.

The Vincent Thomas Bridge is visible to diners at the nearby Ports-of-Call restaurants, vacationers onboard the Princess Cruise liners, and to all vessels entering or exiting the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbour, the busiest port in the United States and the eighth busiest in the world, says a report by Loretta A. Conley.  

Lodhie was brought into the project by Lighting Design Alliance of Long Beach who, on the behalf of the Vincent Thomas Bridge Lighting Committee, investigated LEDs as a viable solution for lighting the bridge.

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