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Submarine HMCS Ojibwa

The lights will be turning on for an exciting event at HMCS OJIBWA in Port Burwell, thanks to a strategic partnership between the Elgin Military Museum and Ecopower Inc. of London.

Ecopower Inc. to showcase lighting solutions for submarine HMCS OJIBWA

The lights will be turned on for an exciting event at HMC OJIBWA in Port Burwell, thanks to a strategic partnership between the Elgin Military Museum and Ecopower Inc. of London.

When the Cold War-era submarin, OJIBWA arrived in Port Burwell in 2012, the Museum approached Ecopower about developing an environmentally and budget friendly lighting system for the challenging architecture of the submarine. The goal was to create an atmosphere that wouldbe both visitor-friendly and true to the original look and feel of the submarine when it was operational.

Ecopower's team of professional engineers specializes in industral, commercial and architectural LED luminaires and controls. Their expertise in LED lighting made the a perfect match for the tricky lighting conditions in the boat. Not only did Ecopower live up to the challenge, they also donated lighting for both inside and outside the boat.

Dave Anderson, a submariner and sonar man who served on OJIBWA from 1970 to 1974, was impressed. "My greatest compliment to this wonderful lighting is that every time I return to OJIBWA I notice no change in the lighting from that that I was used to when I served aboard her. Ecopower LED has provided lighting that very closely represents the lighting we submariners were accustomed to."

"The effect of the exterior lighting is absolutely astounding as well", says Ian Raven, Executive Director of the Elgin Military Museum. "It lights the hull and compound with a very soft, elegant light that allows you to clearly see the hull. Everyone who sees it is very impressed."

On July 26th, Ecopower hosted a Customer Appreciation Barbecue featuring tours of the submarine that showcased the sucess of their unique, custom-tailored project. "Without their generous contribution, the Museum would have been hard pressed to complete the lighting in time for our opening last June (2013) and I am quite certain that we would not have been able to complete it as efficiently and effectively!" said Raven. "We are thrilled to welcome Ecopower and their customers to show off their handiwork!" Donations are always appreciated to the Elgin Military Museum to help them raise money to build a new Museum of Naval History next door to the submarine to enhance this experience.

This will be the first of what the Museum hopes will be a number of events of this type at the submarine.
Anyone wanting more information about holding an event at HMCS OJIBWA should conact the Musuem at 519-633-7641.