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Lighting a pathway
to the Perth Airport

Gateway WA
Perth Airport, Australia

 

See how an innovative lighting design and installation can enhance an urban highway project and provide a spectacular sight for travellers. 

From its cutting edge  
engineering

to striking design, Sky Ribbon stands out in Perth’s night sky and has become an iconic part of the entrance into Perth for both visitors and locals alike”.

 

Ilario Spagnolo, Main Roads Project Director on the Gateway WA Project

Customer challenge

 

Gateway WA is a prestigious project implemented to improve the safety & efficiency of the road network accessing Perth Airport & the surrounding industrial areas. An innovative urban design including the ‘Sky Ribbon’ art piece by artist Rick Vermey which includes three bridge structures at the highway interchange. The challenge was to showcase Sky Ribbon for travellers & commuters at night, which called for a dynamic lighting system.

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The right lighting

 

To highlight the detail of the 220 aluminum etched panels, a dynamic Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting system was selected, consisting of Philips Graze Powercore MX4 grazing fixtures. The artist used the lighting fixtures to enhance the textured patterns on both sides of the shields, with color-changing effects making for a spectacular view.

 

The Philips lighting system can be programmed for customised dynamic colour changing settings to reflect holidays, causes, and events like the victories of the local sports teams. 

 

“From the outset, we wanted to create something that was unique to the state and to the country—to express the dynamic, creative and rapidly evolving character of Western Australia” said Ilario Spagnolo, Main Roads Project Director on the Gateway WA Project.

 

“From its cutting edge engineering to striking design, Sky Ribbon stands out in Perth’s night sky and has become an iconic part of the entrance into Perth for both visitors and locals alike”.

 

  • ColorGraze MX4 Powercore
    ColorGraze MX4 Powercore
    High-output luminaire for high-intensity multi-story façade and surface illumination at minimal setback; RGBW and RGBA options provide an expanded color palette and white light cap...
    • Even illumination and color mixing at distances greater than 152 mm from fixture lens, with no shadows in between fixtures when used end-to-end
    • Light output of more than 600/500 lumens per 300 mm/foot (RGBW/RGBA full intensity)
    • Incorporates Powercore technology to directly accept 100-277 V AC line voltage

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