The Brockville Railway Tunnel in Brockville, Canada is nearly 160 years old. The tunnel was the first of its kind in Canada. Philips Lighting supplied the LED lighting to illuminate the previously unused tunnel. With an extensive renovation that included the installation of LED lighting, the town has made the railway tunnel into a tourist attraction. T`he dynamic LED lighting emphasizes the tunnel’s unique architectural and geological features. The town plans to use the newly illuminated tunnel to drive community engagement and bolster tourism.
Constructed beneath the downtown area of Brockville, Ontario, the Railway Tunnel will now serve as a path from the city’s waterfront to the scenic Brock Trail recreational pathway.
Philips Lighting reported that the newly renovated, 525-metre-long Brockville Railway Tunnel is now illuminated with Philips Color Kinetics dynamic LED lighting. More than 700 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore RGBW fixtures transform the largely unused railway tunnel into a visually striking walkway. The 700 fixtures employ 2800 individually controllable nodes. The red, blue, green, and white nodes can mix to create virtually any color. The light shows give the tunnel an atmosphere that is more reminiscent of an underground night club than the strictly utilitarian lighting you usually see in tunnels.
Light Shows at Brockville Railway Tunnel 365 Days a Year
For 365 days a year, the lighting inside the tunnel will run a dynamic “Philips Light Show”, drawing in both residents and tourists. Residents can request custom light shows for waterfront events. In the town of Brockville, Ontario, the tunnel will become a central hub and a must-see landmark that offer a setting for festivals and community events year-round.
David Bouwers M.E. of Ford Electric Co. Ltd in Canada created the lighting scheme and its infrastructure. The installation which used over 1,500 feet of electrical cable was completed this August as part of the extensive tunnel renovation project. David Bouwers specifically chose grazing fixtures to illuminate the inside of the railway tunnel to showcase its unique architectural and geological components.
“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,” said David LeSueur, the City of Brockville councilor and Brockville Railway Tunnel committee chair.“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,” explained David
“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,” said David Bouwers M.E, Ford Electric Co. Ltd., lead lighting & infrastructure design team for the Brockville Tunnel project.
“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,” said Michael Gentile, president & CEO, Philips Lighting Canada.