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Sporty number Both players and the audience need to be considered when it comes to sports lighting.

In these cost driven times it can be hard for a project manager to balance the expectations of clients against their budget. ‘With concerns for the future of the environment we firmly believe it is important to provide quality products which will result in an installation that will stand the test of time and require minimum maintenance,’ explains Hayley Whittaker, business development manager at CU Phosco Lighting. When it comes to illuminating sports pitches, Whittaker says it is important to fully understand the area that is being lit. ‘For that reason we often take additional information above and beyond the pitch size. Site surveys are undertaken in most cases to investigate house positions, local environment conditions, access, safety and general site suitability. A good lighting design should be so much more than just a playing area measurement.’ When it comes to product choice, the importance of the quality of floodlights and lamps installed must not be undervalued in providing efficient and economic schemes. ‘Sports lighting utilises asymmetric full cut off floodlights incorporating high intensity discharge metal halide lamps. This white light source provides good colour rendition promoting clear vision for both players and spectators,’ continues Whittaker.


‘We recognise that lamp choice is a prime factor to the performance of the lighting system,’ notes Whittaker. ‘For this reason we design our schemes using the high performance Philips MHN-LA lamp, which offers market leading lumen maintenance and lamp survival rates.’ Energy consumption of a sports installation can mean high-energy costs due to the intense light levels required. CU Phosco works with its partners in the wind turbine market to offer large sports lighting projects the opportunity to invest in a wind turbine on site. Looking to the future, Whittaker

recognises that external LED lighting continues to grow in popularity. ‘We consider this technology a contributor the sports lighting industry. The research and development of this light source is part of our long-term vision. Although sometime away from industry launch we feel it is important to constantly question, debate

and design products that will be both sustainable and environmentally friendly.’ Dave Ellis, national sales manager – specification at OSRAM, says moments of sporting glory and spectacular concerts stand out in people’s memories and must be illuminated with the best possible lighting products to ensure that not a moment is missed. The lighting systems, therefore, have to be robust and durable yet as efficient and economical as possible.

‘When it comes to floodlighting a stadium, the lamps used must provide high luminance levels that meet regulatory body guidelines and the demands of High Definition (HD) TV, which requires high quality light to provide crisp pictures. High wattage short arc metal halide lamps are ideal for this type of application.’

In the stands and walkways, Ellis says the lighting must create atmosphere and

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