The iconic peaks of the Tennessee Aquarium, that serve as a symbol of Chattanooga’s progress, will shine brightly once again after a major upgrade.
The cathode lighting system that has illuminated the Scenic-City’s skyline for 20 years was severely damaged during a hailstorm on March 2. This gave the Aquarium an opportunity to install a system that is much more energy efficient. Instead of long tubes of light, think of this new system as more than 10,000 tiny lamps working together. This new light emitting diode, or LED, system uses only about one-quarter of the power required by the previous system. This “green” lighting is computer-controlled, giving us the capability to display a rainbow of colors and even animated sequences. However, these capabilities will be reserved for special occasions.
A demonstration will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.