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Revitalizing a bridge for a

national audience

I-35 St. Anthony Falls Bridge

Minnesota, USA


Philips Lighting helped revitalize an iconic bridge, enhancing the Minneapolis skyline with spectacular displays and providing residents and visitors with improved pedestrian lighting. 

I-35 St. Anthony Falls Bridge Lighting - Minnesota, USA

The revitalization of the I-35W Bridge lighting system

is a great story for the state of Minnesota. The light shows reinforce the bridge as an icon in the city skyline and a source of pride for the entire region."


- John Pedersen, Lighting Operations Supervisor at MnDOT

I-35 St. Anthony Falls Bridge, Mn, USA
I-35 St. Anthony Falls Bridge, Mn, USA

Customer Challenge


When the big game came to Minneapolis in February 2018, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) saw an opportunity to upgrade the aging lighting system on the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge—and put the city in its best light for a national audience.


The bridge spans the Mississippi River and is a highly visible part of the city skyline, so the new system had to provide impressive aesthetics while withstanding harsh outdoor conditions.

The right lighting


MnDOT officials collaborated with the Philips team to ensure that the solution would

address all their needs: improving operational efficiency, simplifying maintenance, and benefiting the community by enhancing the recreational environment and attracting visitors.


The system was built on the Philips ActiveSite platform, which provides remote monitoring, maintenance, and management capabilities.


The system also includes more than 650 Philips Color Kinetics outdoor architectural LED lighting fixtures selected for their individual configurability, rugged construction, and expanded range of colors and light distribution patterns.

ColorGraze MX4 Powercore

ActiveSite Controller


ActiveSite is the first ever cloud-hosted connected lighting system for remotely monitoring, managing, and maintaining architectural LED lighting installations.


ColorGraze MX4 Powercore

ColorGraze MX4 Powercore 


Exterior premium LED wall grazing fixtures with extended color range.


ColorReach PowerCore

ColorReach PowerCore


Premium long-throw exterior LED floodlight with intelligent color light.


A big opportunity for a city to shine

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