Completed in 1976, the CN Tower was built for communications but has also represented Canada on the world stage as the tallest freestanding structure. The tower is widely regarded as the iconic symbol of tourism for Toronto, Ontario and Canada. The tower had been minimally lit for years using conventional fixtures. CN Tower executives decided that it was time to light this icon in a way that truly demonstrated Canada’s pride.
Westbury National was contracted to supply the design, installation and programming of the lighting. Westbury had the considerable technical challenge of determining how to safely and efficiently mount, cable and program the hundreds of fixtures in a manner that would effectively light the tower for many year’s to come. An all “Intelligent LED” approach was taken that not only substantially lowered the electrical consumption (and the buildings carbon footprint) but also allowed the tower to be seen from across the lake on a clear day. Harsh weather conditions, high level RF transmission, working at extreme heights and in tight tolerances had to be taken into account. The official opening ceremony featured a lighting presentation timed to a musical work that had been commissioned for the tower. The management and public were “blown away” at the unveiling event. The lighting exceeded everyone’s expectations and is now a permanent part of Toronto’s skyline with a different look on a nightly basis.