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In this instance I am hoping they aim higher - the lighting at Union can use some pizzaz. It'd be the perfect backdrop for lightshows.

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Not sure I agree. There is a lot to be said for using carefully designed heritage lighting to bringing out the beauty of the building without distractions from 'artistic lighting' or light shows. An occasional light show, yes; permanent lightshows, no.
 

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Not sure I agree. There is a lot to be said for using carefully designed heritage lighting to bringing out the beauty of the building without distractions from 'artistic lighting' or light shows. An occasional light show, yes; permanent lightshows, no.
Not permanent - but you sort of need to plan for a system to have that sort of capability. Do it on weekends, perhaps?

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Not permanent - but you sort of need to plan for a system to have that sort of capability. Do it on weekends, perhaps?

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To use Budapest as an example. The Hungarian Parliament Buildings are light up in the colour of the Hungarian Flag on March 15th, October 23rd and August 20th every year in honour of significant national holidays which include 2 revolutions.

It can be done but to avoid it being used and abused it would be better off lit white unless it is something like Canada Day or related to a State Funeral of some sort.

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Not sure I agree. There is a lot to be said for using carefully designed heritage lighting to bringing out the beauty of the building without distractions from 'artistic lighting' or light shows. An occasional light show, yes; permanent lightshows, no.
They do it on the parliament buildings in Ottawa.
 

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Would be kinda cool if they synced the lighting up with the CN Tower.
Syncing it up with the tower would be somewhat redundant and not ideal honestly. The tower is lit up for so many different reasons and IIRC people can apply to have it lit for various events, important milestones and dates etc. Humber College has it lit especially for their 50th anniversary and I believe it has been lit up to recognise politicians like when it was lit up for Jacks funeral in 2011.

I doubt the City or Metrolinx would want to be associated with some of the events, dates etc that the tower is lit up for. It is easier to light it up natural light as opposed to lighting that matches a certain technicolor dreamcoat.
 

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I noticed it before too. It seems to start down at the via concourse level and looks like it may span to a point even higher than the old convenience store/great hall level? Might it connect from concourse level up to office space up above?
 

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I noticed it before too. It seems to start down at the via concourse level and looks like it may span to a point even higher than the old convenience store/great hall level? Might it connect from concourse level up to office space up above?
That actually makes sense because it would lead to the VIA Rail office right behind the ticket booths.
 

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Another thing where they will not replace the bulbs if they go out. These sorts of installations are nice but they need proper maintenance which does not include the word annual.
And they're LEDs, they need far littler maintenance than incandescents.
Properly installed, with high quality LEDs, they definitely need nearly no maintenance.

The big problem arises with:
-- Cheap LED circuits that fail in the freeze-thaw cycles. The LEDs survive, but the LED driving electronics don't
-- Cheap LED controller circuits (For color-change lights). Failures can manifest itself in mis-colored LED light sections.


As long as they stick to industry standards it can be very easy to replace. Often comes in standardized 5 meter reels and are wildly popular industry standard (voltages, color temps, lumens, etc). A 5 meter section of 5050 LED ribbon is really cheap (~$20 off eBay). Pay maybe five times the price, and you get something ruggedized, in double enclosure (Waterproof ribbon inside a waterproof clear "conduit style" case) that can also last the Canadian temperature ranges ($100-$150 probably). Does not include labour, obviously.

Deploy two or three ribbons in parallel for failure redundancy, and you've got durable industry-standard LED accent lighting that may not need to be maintained more than once every few years. Adjustable color temperature and dimming will also allow equalizing of new ribbon with old ribbon (e.g. manufactured by different manufacturer). And since it's and industry standard ribbon that also comes in waterproof/weatherproof formats, with standardized double-casing methods for additional protection, it will be replaceable years in the future, like once-every-few-year maintenance for dead ribbon sections that won't be too noticeable if redundant parallel strips are used.

It's only as good as implementation -- LED can be crap and LED can be amazing.

Don't know what tech they used (proprietary single-manufacturer LED, or industry standard replaceable ribbon) for the Union outdoor accent lighting. Hopefully it's industry standard ribbon in a ruggedized durable format (not the cheap stuff).
 
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