Case Study: RGBW DMX Bridge Lighting For Blissfield Railroad Bridge

Case Study: RGBW DMX Bridge Lighting For Blissfield Railroad Bridge

January 18 2021

The Blissfield Railroad Bridge stretches across the River Raisin, illuminating the night sky with a new dynamic Color Changing LED Bridge lighting system from Coloronix.This Blissfield Railroad Bridge built in 1907 by the American Bridge Company sits right next to a public highway making it easy for people to view.

Bridge History:
Blissfield was a stop on the rail line, and the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad helped bring visitors and prosperity to the area. It extended from the mouth of the Kalamazoo River at Lake Michigan to Port Lawrence, which is now Toledo. The first trip between Adrian and Port Lawrence was made on November 2, 1836. Horse-drawn passenger and freight cars were used initially, with the first steam engine beginning service in 1837.

The Old Road Dinner Train continues the elegance of railroad travel in the Blissfield area today.
The Old Road Dinner Train is the longest continuously operating dinner train in North America.

It provides fine dining and a bit of mystery during trips that use vintage train cars from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Trips leave from the Blissfield East Train Depot on US223, which is across the street from Blissfield’s village offices. Beyond its railroad heritage, Blissfield has many other things to offer, including nice parks, antique stores, the River Raisin, and much more.

A Turnkey RGB+W Bridge Lighting Solution:
When the Blissfield Village Council approved wiring the Blissfield Railroad Bridge, paralleling U.S. 223, no lights were included. In August of 2017 the city council hired Brint Electric of Adrian, Michigan to wire the bridge and install a power outlet to illuminate the bridge and the crabapple trees around it. The council didn’t purchase lights for the bridge at the time because they wanted options – some colorful options.

That’s where Coloronix came in to the picture. Coloronix installed the Adjustable 15-LED RGBW DMX Flood Light. The lights were supplied by Ken Johnson of Gustavo Energy

Mike Gunter, Blissfield Village Trustee and Downtown Development Authority Board Member, said “We researched ways to light our railroad bridge for about four years. The Coloronix solution provided us enough power to highlight the structure from the river banks, and the ease of changing the colors for different events, holidays, etc. made it a successful investment for our village.”

The new and colorful light installation allows the region to showcase this historical Railroad Bridge, it reflects the creativity of the leaders of the community, and creates new experiences for open spaces that are dynamic and functional.

Tyler Dotson, Director of the Blissfield Downtown Development Authority and Economic Development adds that, "Lighting the historic railroad bridge has been a goal of the Main Street program for several years. It enhances our downtown area while showcasing our local railroad and rich history. Creating places where people want to visit and spend time is an integral part of a strong local economy."