The Puente de la Constitución de 1812, also known as the Pepa or Cadiz bridge opened on 24 September. It is the highest bridge in Europe, and the second highest in the world.

The new bridge spans the Bay of Cadiz and is 3,092 metres long, 185 metres high and 36.85 metres wide. It has two road lanes in each direction, plus two lanes reserved for the metropolitan tram network and is designed to carry 100,000 vehicles per day.

A cable-stayed bridge built of reinforced concrete and steel, the Pepa Bridge has two piers 187 metres high, making it one of the highest bridges in Europe.

All of these figures combine to make La Pepa one of Europe’s most ambitious infrastructure projects in recent years, one that puts Cadiz on the map as a landmark of modern architecture and international engineering.

Such an important structure needs lighting that is worthy of it. Not only this, the lighting installation has to be easy to access and maintain. Energy efficiency and power consumption were also extremely important factors when it came to choosing the right luminaire for such an imposing piece of infrastructure.

Carandini’s V·Max and T·Max luminaires meet all of these requirements. With modular design and easy tool-free access to their gear, these luminaires are uniquely suited to an installation requiring optimum operating efficiency.

With luminous flux range from 2000 to 29,000 lm (V·Max) and 6000 to 40,000 lm (T·Max), both luminaires have a service life of up to 100,000 hours.

Both luminaires feature programmable control gear with step adjustment in the luminaire heads, with DALI protocol and 1-10 V for more efficient light control, minimizing consumption and maximizing output. Light control is a key factor in the energy efficiency of the luminaire.

This is confirmation of Carandini’s ability to keep one step ahead of the market and foresee the requirements of tomorrow’s construction projects.

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