- Dynamic connected LED lighting spotlights unique architecture and geology of the almost 160-year old railway tunnel
- The railway tunnel is set to become a central attraction to drive community engagement and bolster tourism
MARKHAM, ON, Aug. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, today announced that the newly renovated Brockville Railway Tunnel is now illuminated with Philips Color Kinetics dynamic LED lighting. Opening to the public on Saturday, August 12th, the 525-metre tunnel has been transformed with more than 700 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore fixtures turning the mostly unused railway tunnel into a visually stunning walkway.
The lighting inside the tunnel will run a dynamic "Philips Light Show" 365 days a year, drawing in local residents and tourists alike. Residents are also able to request custom lightshows for events held on the waterfront. It will become a central hub to host community events and festivals year-round, further cementing it as one of the iconic, must-see landmarks in the Thousand Islands region.
Michael Gentile, President & CEO, Philips Lighting Canada said, "Light has the ability to transform and rejuvenate spaces and communities. With Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting, the beautiful architectural and geological details of the historical Brockville Tunnel are prominently featured while the dynamic light show enhances the experience for visitors."
Originally constructed in the late 1850s, the Brockville Railway Tunnel was the first of its kind in Canada. Located underneath the downtown area of Brockville, Ontario, the Railway Tunnel will now act as a path from the city's beautiful waterfront to the scenic Brock Trail recreational pathway.
David LeSueur, City of Brockville Councillor and Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee Chair said, "The Brockville Tunnel is a remarkable historical landmark and we had a vision to transform it into a true international attraction. With the Philips' architectural LED lighting, we have created something wonderful for the community and visitors."
Grazing fixtures were specifically chosen for the inside of the railway in order to showcase the unique architectural and geological components of this pre-Confederate tunnel.
David Bouwers M.E, Ford Electric Co. Ltd. and Lead Lighting/Infrastructure Design Team for the project explains, "While working on the concept, the design and implementation of the re-opening of Canada's First Railway Tunnel, Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting system was a perfect solution to bring Ford Electric's vision together. Our design team wanted to turn what had become an overlooked part of the City of Brockville into a safe, energetic and vibrant attraction not only for the local community but also to change the historic tunnel into a tourist attraction on the world stage."
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