TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 60 years after it first lit up the
Toronto skyline, the Canada Life weather beacon is getting an upgrade.
On Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11, weather permitting, the Canada Life
weather beacon will convert to using light emitting diode (LED) lights to show
the temperature rising and falling and to forecast approaching weather
"Converting the weather beacon to LED technology helps to reduce the carbon
footprint of this well-recognized and cherished Toronto landmark," says Paul
Finkbeiner, President of GWL Realty Advisors Inc., which manages the Canada
Life head office property in Toronto. "This is one of many projects that GWL
Realty Advisors is undertaking to enhance building performance and reduce
energy costs. We are fortunate to work with clients who invest consistently
and prudently in their assets."
The weather beacon is currently lit by over 1,000 incandescent bulbs. Canada
Life initiated the change because the incandescent bulbs use on average 10,000
kwhs of energy per month and require frequent replacement.
Using LED lights will reduce energy consumption by 93 per cent, according to a
case study by Energy@Work Inc., an independent advisor on energy efficiency.
GWL Realty Advisors staff have been researching and testing a variety of LED
bulbs to find one that could withstand frequent bursts of electricity that
result from the lights going on and off.
With LED bulbs' performance and reliability having improved, Canada Life made
the decision to convert the weather beacon earlier this year.
The focus on energy conservation began several years ago, with the decision to
turn the weather beacon - which ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for many
years - off at midnight.
-- The weather beacon began operating atop Canada Life's flagship
building at 330 University Avenue in August 1951.
-- Lights affixed to a support tower indicate variations in
temperature, while a beacon light at the top forecasts
approaching weather systems.
-- The beacon is updated four times daily, seven days a week, with
information provided by Environment Canada's Weather Centre at
Pearson International Airport.
Canada Life, founded in 1847, was Canada's first domestic life insurance
company. Canada Life and GWL Realty Advisors are members of the Great-West
Lifeco group of companies.
SOURCE Canada Life
Libbie Jennings Associate Manager, Communications 416.552.5598
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