- "I’m showing a lot of photonic activity. The excited photons have displaced the air around the light path."
"Which means that the light has become coherent. Solid."
- — Exchange between John-117 and Cortana
There are usually two components to an Energy bridge: a control panel, and the hard light emitters. The control panel is a semi-translucent holographic array of Forerunner symbols and glyphs that are projected over the surface of a pedestal. Tapping the "blue-green circle" activates the light emitters. A cascade of coherent, high-energy photons are emitted through the air, generating a visible, horizontal band of light. Through unspecified physics, the coherent band of light interacts with the illuminated air, and pushes aside the air within and around it it, becoming a firm, solid mass capable of supporting extremely heavy weights, ranging from a M12 Warthog LRV to several M808B Scorpion MBTs. When damaged, the emitters flicker on and off, causing the light bridge to flicker, creating a less stable force.
Energy bridges were used by John-117 during the UNSC's operations on the surface of Installation 04, in the subterranean complexes and the Flood containment facility. Though mainly unseen on Installation 05, they are also present on the Ark, again in a subterranean area, and another two close to the Forerunner Citadel near the Ark's Core.
Energy bridges are quite common on Requiem, although the encountered ones are smaller than Installation 04 or the Ark's.
There are four Energy bridges in the Halo Trilogy. The first and second are the bridges on the level Halo, and the bridges on the level 343 Guilty Spark from Halo: Combat Evolved, the third being the one on the Ark on the level The Ark in Halo 3, and the last being the one in the Citadel on The Covenant. In Halo 4, there are numerous small Energy bridges scattered through out the game, with one large one at the Composer in Midnight.