Last month the Port Credit Lighthouse, in Mississauga, was given a facelift and Birnie Home Safe was there to shine some light on the project.
Birnie Home Safe, a Mississauga-based, Licensed Electrical Contractor, was asked to install new Lumenpulse LED lights as a way to commemorate and celebrate important events throughout the year.
“Port Credit is recognized as a tourist destination and the lighthouse is a Port Credit icon,” says Karen Priest, President of Diamond Marketing and Communications.
Priest was the volunteer project coordinator for the initiative and played an integral role in securing sponsors like Birnie Home Safe for the new lighting.
John Flanagan, who is the General Manager of Birnie Home Safe, says his team was excited to have been asked to assist with the lighting.
“We are very involved in our Mississauga community through our events, our partnerships with the Fire Department, our seminars and our commitment to eradicating electrical fires… I think it was a good fit for both parties. We were happy to volunteer our time.”
Karen, along with the other organizers, thank the Licensed Electrical Contractor for agreeing to participate in the Lighthouse Revitalization. “Birnie stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for the execution.”
The Port Credit BIA decided, last Christmas, to install the LED lights. It took most of 2017 to develop a plan to obtain reliable and skilled sponsors to sign on and perform the installation explains Priest.
The idea to revitalize the Lighthouse was a part of the Port Credit waterfront renewal process, “The lighthouse is a visual centrepiece… this landmark deserves to be animated properly,” Priest explains.
Flanagan, who worked closely with Karen and other city staff to actualize the project, says there are always precautions when working on iconic buildings like a lighthouse. “Preserving the structure and performing the installation safely is of the utmost importance.”
John, along with his two Home Safe electricians, Michael Johnstone and Derek Hofscheier, devised a plan that would not only protect the infrastructure of the lighthouse but would best showcase the new LED lights.
The new LED lights were revealed on December 2nd at the annual Christmas at the Lighthouse celebration.
“When myself and our Marketing Coordinator, Angela Hoyos, were there for the unveiling there was no better feeling than watching those lights turn on and completely illuminate the lighthouse,” Flanagan says.
The lighthouse will be lit throughout the year to celebrate historical events, local festivals popular events and notable milestones.
“This includes red and white for Canada Day, Pink for Breast Cancer Month, and orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving.” Priest says.
The full calendar, of approximately 50 events, can be found on the Port Credit BIA website.
The original lighthouse was destroyed by a fire in the 1930s but it was replaced in 1991. Today The Port Credit Lighthouse of the most photographed buildings in Mississauga.