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Newfoundland LED lighting firm wins $1M contract to illuminate navy frigate

The Canadian Navy's HMCS Toronto will get an LED retrofit, replacing less efficient fluorescent lighting systems


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The new LEDs will replace the fluorescent lights currently in use on the Halifax-class frigate, cutting energy use in half while improving lifespan.

MOUNT PEARL, N.L.—An East Coast company that makes lighting fixtures specially designed for ships has won an approximately $1 million to install a new LED lighting system aboard the HMCS Toronto.

The federal government handed down the new contract to Marine Industrial Lighting Systems Ltd. Sept. 5. It said the new LEDs will replace the fluorescent lights currently in use on the Halifax-class frigate, cutting energy use in half while improving lifespan.

The contract was awarded through the Build in Canada Innovation Program—a federal program designed to put new Canadian technologies through the paces in real-world conditions.

“Lighting is always taken for granted until it is lost,” Sid Cox, the company’s president and general manager, said in a statement. “Nowhere is it more critical to have reliable, energy-efficient lighting than on board our Canadian navy ships to support the operations of our navy personnel.”

Along with improving on fluorescent lighting technology, Marine Industrial’s new LED system uses motion detection switching and controlled dimming to conserve energy.

The company has been building marine-specific lighting for about 17 years.


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