A project from the very early days of LED, Gabriel Mackinnon developed a custom LED fixture to fit into the handrails and provide a glowing path for this pedestrian bridge in Ottawa. The bridge was designed in 2004 and delivered in 2006.
A linear, narrow beam raking LED is integrated into the handrails, cross-firing light across the path to provide an even wash of light where people need it. The cross-firing effect produces an engaging play of light and shadow as people transition across the bridge by foot and bicycle. The handrail profile was designed in conjunction with the luminaire to provide optical cutoff and glare control.
No glare is produced and no light standards are used on the bridge, preventing any interference with the experience of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.