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LED system to put downtown Fort Worth in a new light

11/21/2011 11:03 PM

11/22/2011 7:10 AM

FORT WORTH -- Sundance Square began testing a state-of-the-art LED lighting system Monday that will replace the white bulbs that have outlined many Sundance buildings for years.

Installers have used more than 7,600 feet of LED cable to outline about 18 buildings, primarily along Main Street. It has taken workers about 5,000 hours to install the lights and 100 hours to program them, said Tracy Gilmour, Sundance's marketing director. If testing goes well, the lights will be switched on after the Parade of Lights on Friday.

The system is computer-operated and has 16 million color options with unlimited program combinations, such as lighting sequences that appear to jump the streets from block to block.

"We like to do things with a big splash," Gilmour said. "It really looks fun at night."

The system likely will not be installed on the City Center towers. Those will remain outlined in white bulbs, she said.

The Carnegie and Chase Bank buildings will be added to the system in December, and the block with the Palace Theater and Barnes & Noble bookstore will be added in 2012, Gilmour said.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

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