With Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting, I saw an opportunity to take a landmark like the Harbor Bridge and turn it into a showcase that Corpus Christi could be proud of, and one that has had a positive economic effect.
— Joe Adame, Mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas
The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge serves as a gateway to the city and is a prominent feature in the skyline. But since much of the bridge's lighting system had been corroded by the severe Gulf Coast environment, the lights were turned off and the bridge remained dark for more than a decade.
City Mayor Joe Adame had learned about the benefits and applications of LED lighting at The United States Conference of Mayors; he was certain
it was the right technology to relight the bridge and create a signature feature for the city.
In December 2011, the bridge took on new life with an advanced LED lighting system from Philips Color Kinetics. This new lighting system is energy-efficient and can be easily programmed to create different light shows. It has also helped to significantly boost tourism, one of the city's main sources of income.