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CU Phosco lighting at Cheshire County Sports Club.

excitement as well as guide visitors to their destination safely. He says long walkways can be made brighter and more modern by asymmetrically configured mini downlights that provide energy savings of 80 per cent in comparison to standard incandescent lamps. LED downlights are also a possibility for concourse illumination. To enhance the efficiency of a stadium, Ellis notes that presence detectors should be installed in areas where light is not always required. During an event, the light will automatically turn off in unoccupied areas to conserve energy. ‘A stadium’s exterior lighting scheme is equally important, not only to safely guide visitors into the venue, but also to highlight the arena as a landmark in the local area. In South Africa, the Durban

ground level by use of a hydraulic tool for easy access and ongoing maintenance, ensuring no risk of working at height. They are specified in all types of sporting facilities as there is no need to drive access vehicles over the pitch, thereby ensuring it remains in tip top condition for the game. Abacus’s export director, John Anthony, says: ‘New Zealand is committed to developing health and safety measures and is introducing, wherever possible, ways of making maintenance safer and easier. Our base-hinged masts not only do just that, but also offer a competitive solution since there is no need to provide expensive and ugly fixed ladders to access the masts. There is also no need for the repetitive hiring of expensive hydraulic platforms to gain access to a rigid structure.’ Abacus’s Challenger 1 range of floodlights was chosen by the stadium because of the excellent beam control, which directs light onto the playing area without overspill or light pollution. This was an essential requirement on this project due to the stadium being situated within a residential area. Whitegoods was commissioned by architect John Pawson to supply seamless integrated lighting for the Martyrs Sports Pavilion at St Edwards School in Oxford. The edgeless cove system allowed the architect to deliver a continuous seam of light between the wall and ceiling,

stadium features an impressive arch equipped with over 14,832 OSRAM LEDs that create a dynamic lighting effect,’ continues Ellis.

Abacus Lighting has supplied Trust Stadium Arena in Waitakere, Auckland with New Zealand’s first based-hinged lighting columns as part of an iconic new floodlighting scheme at the sporting venue. The stadium will be used for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will host the All Blacks, Australia and England. Abacus’s base hinged masts lower to

providing a focal point to the back wall of the main room (known as the Long Room) without compromising the line of the ceilings. The room itself is lit with Whitegoods unique plaster-in downlights. They were chosen for their minimal visual impact. A piece of frosted glass is suspended flush with the ceiling line, apparently without fixings, and with no trim or bezel. In this case the downlights were low energy compact fluorescent units, which are dimmable. Several also incorporate emergency lighting capability in the same unit. Thorn Lighting has designed a floodlight specifically for smaller outdoor sporting venues such as multi-use games areas, recreational tennis courts and training pitches. These types of areas use 10-12m high columns with powerful 1-2kW projectors. Costs increase sharply with mounting height as, quite rightly, do


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