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Lincoln Tunnel Upgrade

Lincoln Tunnel team Main Photo1The iconic Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

 An integral conduit within the New York Metropolitan Area, it was designed by Ole Singstad and named after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln  In 2010 FSG upgraded the HPS roadway lighting on the “Helix” leading to the Lincoln Tunnel from HPS to induction.  Since that time we have been testing a variety of solutions to upgrade the lighting inside the three tunnel tubes, which is currently 70W Par38 HPS, a lamp that has been discontinued by most manufacturers and is hard to obtain.

As you can see from the photo’s, the existing fixture is custom and is recessed into the walls of the tunnel.  The walls are washed weekly (Believe it or not!) by a truck with a brush mechanism, so the fixtures must maintain their watertight integrity.  FSG tested a host of solutions, including several different wattages of induction that included new stainless steel doors and several LED solutions.  In addition to being watertight, the light source had to provide a 180 degree light distribution, lighting from the ceiling to the roadway.

The solution selected is a 50W LED vibration resistant tunnel lamp.  Just before Thanksgiving the Port Authority challenged FSG to supply and install several thousand lights in the three tunnels before the Super bowl! Time constraints aside, the Christmas Holiday season has some of the highest tunnel usage of the year.  Dave Morales, Northeast Regional Operations Manager stepped up to spearhead the effort.

More info to follow as the project progresses!

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