Flinders Street Station has a new face, without removing a single stone, thanks to a new state of the art LED lighting system.
Part of the $100m upgrade of the iconic station, at the heart of the CBD, the new lighting system can turn the station any colour, and run spectacular light shows for major events and celebrations.
The 1100 carefully positioned lights are connected through more than 20 kilometres of cable, allowing the system to be completely automated and controlled remotely. The lights will show off the building’s exterior decorations, creating depth by using different light intensity and shadows.
Each of the lights is networked through its own internal microprocessor, making Australia’s oldest station also its most technologically advanced. This is the first time such a system has been used on a heritage building in Australia.
Although the LED system has 600 more lights than the old floodlight system, it is cheaper to operate, as it uses only a third of the energy.
The lights were created by Melbourne company APEC Electrical and their supplier Darkon, who brought together a team of sixty designers, programmers and technicians to create the system.
The restoration of the station’s exterior has also included repainting of the building in its original colours, fixing the leaking roof, and restoring the clock tower and dome interiors.