The design objective for the project was two-fold—to improve the light levels and light uniformity, to increase safety, and to reduce the maintenance and energy costs. The lighting design team knew that an LED lighting system would achieve both goals. It would also be a way to introduce color-changing light to highlight the architectural design and provide a unique experience for people traveling through the station. As the project progressed, it became clear that the color-changing lighting would also provide another opportunity—to revitalize the city and the whole downtown experience.
To uplight the trolley center canopy, designers utilized a combination of four Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlast Powercore and two iW Blast Powercore fixtures (now specified using ColorBlast IntelliHue Powercore gen4 ) mounted within each of the 12 existing metal shrouds located 35 ft (10.7 ft) above the station which replaced high wattage metal halide uplights.
The new lighting system has reduced the overall energy consumption by 80%.