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Lighting up the bay: Flickr photo of the day

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(Photo: Punit Sharma / Flickr)

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s new span opened in September, much to the delight of the many commuters who use it every day. Along with a seismic upgrade, the bridge got a high-tech lighting system. The LED lights are positioned to reduce glare and maximize visibility. Another bonus: each energy-efficient bulb lasts 10 to 15 years.

Until March of 2015, bridge fans get the added delight of The Bay Lights, a public art display of 25,000 LED lights shining in changing patterns. To minimize driver distraction, the art project’s lights are only visible from a distance.

In Punit Sharma’s photo, the twinkling lights of Oakland shine on the far side of the bay.

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