Some of the 25,000 LED lights in “The Bay Lights” art installation on the Bay Bridge are not working properly, officials said today.

“It’s a noticeable problem,” said Ben Davis, chairman of Illuminate the Arts, the non-profit group overseeing the light project.

The light show, created by artist Leo Villareal, was installed in March and since has been illuminating the bridge each night between sunset and 2 a.m.

However, some of the lights are stuck in the on position, while others remain off, Davis said.

“The work still looks gorgeous,” Davis said, however, “there areas that are not exactly right” that “may be a distraction.”

A team is looking into what is causing the technical difficulties, which may be affected by the wind, vibrations on the bridge and other wear and tear from exposure on the bay, he said.

“It’s a physically challenging environment,” Davis said.

The lights were turned on March 5 after they were installed on the Bay Bridge’s vertical cables.

The $8 million privately funded project is scheduled to light up the bridge each night for the next two years.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • Forthright

    what ISN’T going wrong with the new bridge?!?!

    • bchess

      This isn’t the new bridge.

  • Forthright

    what ISN’T going wrong with the new bridge?!?!

    • bchess

      This isn’t the new bridge.

  • withak30

    It’s only been a few months. Didn’t anyone think to leave one of these electronic devices out in a damp, salty place for a while to see what would happen?

  • withak30

    It’s only been a few months. Didn’t anyone think to leave one of these electronic devices out in a damp, salty place for a while to see what would happen?