The more than two million visitors who travel to Mount Rushmore National Memorial each year will now enjoy an enhanced night time viewing experience, thanks to an innovative new lighting system with an LED light source that was recently installed at the memorial.
The new system accomplished this though several key features that improve efficiency and light control, including:
-Advanced optic controls that highlight the aesthetics of the monument, while ensuring light is not spilled into the night sky and natural wildlife area
-A custom control system that allows park rangers to precisely highlight each of the four presidents depicted in the mountainside carving, creating an even more inspiring presentation
-Reducing energy consumption by 90% when compared to the previous lights
Visitors will experience new opportunities to enjoy the night sky; focused lighting will enhance habitat for nocturnal wildlife; and enrich potential for new interpretive programming. The good lighting practices that have been initiated will result in energy efficiency, elimination of lighting spillover, enhanced visitor experience, and protection of cultural resources.
With the new lights in place, Mount Rushmore National Memorial has now joined other famed landmarks that also feature customized lighting systems, including the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and the East Span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
Excerpt from KDLT