Port of San Diego to Conduct Engineering Lighting Study on San Diego-Coronado Bridge

The Port of San Diego is conducting an engineering lighting study on a small portion of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge as part of design development for the proposed San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project. The study will be conducted April 29 through May 3, 2019.

The purpose of the study is to demonstrate and evaluate the full range of performance characteristics for different types of colored LED lighting units that may be selected for incorporation into the lighting installation currently being designed. The study will also allow the Port to observe, evaluate and collect data related to the output and performance of the lights.

The lighting study is being performed strictly for these purposes and will not represent any particular lighting configurations or scenarios that may be envisioned for the final bridge lighting design.


Testing of the lighting will occur at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard, located underneath the San Diego side of the bridge. Two of the bridge’s piers that are located within the shipyard will be used for the study. The lighting will occur between dusk and approximately 2:30 a.m. on the dates above. During that time, the lights may be visible in the vicinity of Huntington Ingalls.

Please note, the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard is a secure facility and the public and media will not be permitted to enter it. Inquiries regarding the lighting study may be sent to bridgelighting@portofsandiego.org.

Lighting provided by two leading manufacturers – Philips Color Kinetics and Lumenpulse – will be used to simultaneously illuminate both piers in order to compare both manufacturers’ products. The installation and operation of the temporary lighting will be performed by Pro-Cal Lighting, Inc., a Vista-based firm of architectural lighting specialists.

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The lighting study marks a significant milestone in the proposed San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project. This is the first-ever demonstration of state-of-the-art colored LED lighting units on the bridge. Observations and data obtained during the study are anticipated to achieve several objectives. These include assisting with refinement of the proposed bridge lighting design, including the type, quantity and installation of lights on the bridge. It will also assist with selecting the preferred LED product line and in preparing plans and design for future evaluation.

Currently, about $1 million in contributions has been raised in the proposed San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project fundraising effort. The anticipated cost for the project is between $14 and $16 million. The project will undergo extensive public outreach, as well as engineering and environmental review.

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