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New LED Lights Installed on Eastern Span of Bay Bridge

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    New LED Lights Installed on Eastern Span of Bay Bridge

    The Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge hit a milestone Tuesday night after crews powered on the last of the architectural lights. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014)

    The eastern span of the Bay Bridge hit a milestone Tuesday night after crews put the finishing touches on new LED lights.

    "It's very well balanced," said Grey Proctor, a photographer who checked out the finished product late Tuesday. "It actually demonstrates the architectural structure of it rather than the outline of it."

    The 1,600 LED light fixtures are strategically placed on 270 poles along the bridge from Oakland to Treasure Island, said Bill Shedd, a senior contraction engineer.

    "There's three main advantages to these -- the first one is efficiency, the next one is longevity and control," Shedd said.

    The new lights, which cost $20 million, will save energy and will last up to 15 years.

    "They use about 40 percent of the energy that a standard metal traditional old school freeway light would use," Shedd said.

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