New Jersey Honors the Relighting of the Iconic ‘Trenton Makes’ Sign

trenton makes bridge lights

Anyone who has passed through Trenton, NJ at night has likely seen the Lower Trenton Bridge illuminated with the phrase, “Trenton Makes The World Takes.” The iconic ‘Trenton Makes’ bridge also celebrated its 100th anniversary of becoming a public bridge. Recently, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission welcomed politicians and community members for a relighting ceremony to celebrate the iconic sign’s upgraded lighting system.

The Lighting Practice worked closely with the client, Carr & Duff, Urban Engineers, and Dewberry to design the new lighting system for the ‘Trenton Makes’ sign. The team removed the existing neon tube lights, which were unreliable and inefficient. After the original 25-letter housing was cleaned and restored, the sign received new color-changing LED strip lighting. The controllable lighting elements can create 16 million color variations with far more efficiency than the old system. In fact, the sign’s red-light-only color scheme requires the same amount of power as a single electric tea kettle.

“Doesn’t matter where you are in the United States,” Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said at the ceremony, quoted in the article below. “When you say, ‘Trenton Makes, the World Takes,’ people know where you are from.”

The ceremony also marked the date of the 100th anniversary of the Lower River Bridge becoming a public bridge. TLP is proud to have been a part of the relighting of this iconic New Jersey landmark.

‘Trenton Makes’ Bridge Now in Rainbow Lights

New Jersey 101.5 | June 2018

TRENTON — The iconic “Trenton Makes” bridge was lit with new state-of-the-art letters on a special anniversary on Thursday night.

The formerly red letters that spelled out “Trenton Makes The World Takes” were replaced by LED lighting that can change colors. The lights have been off-and-on for testing since the beginning of the year and were lit in Eagles green after the team’s Super Bowl win, according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Check out the full article here.

Photo source: New Jersey 101.5