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Sports Lighting


Light quality in sport can greatly affect play, and incorrect visibility can damage a sports person’s eyes. We look at the development of lighting schemes in new sporting facilities.


What with clocks going back this month and dark nights setting in, the winter tends to spell the end of a number of activities. Many of us find it hard to adjust to the dark evenings of winter, and the inconvenience of the loss of light can be a real interference to our schedules. The last thing many of us want to do is head out to exercise, and once upon a time it was perfectly acceptable to replace the tennis racket for the remote control once the cold creeps in. However, a number of high profile sporting arenas have updated their lighting to provide high visibility into the evening, and local sports facilities are following suit. Luckily for us it seems we’ve no longer got the same need for hanging up our trainers! Energy efficient floodlights have been installed in a number of high profile sporting


arenas in recent years, meaning that play can go on long after the sun goes down. As well as needing a well lit outside environment, arenas and sports facilities also need to be lit ideally indoors to allow for a suitable environment. Many sporting facilities that rely heavily on natural light during the summer are realising the importance of energy efficient lighting during the winter months to keep running costs down, and this has had an enormous impact on the lighting design of new sporting facilities.


The Olympics is not only an excellent opportunity for Britain to host ‘the greatest show on earth’, it is also a chance for some of the poorest areas of the country to gain some much-needed new sports facilities. A number of the facilities will be used for the


Olympics and subsequent Paralympics before being absorbed into communities for use by future generations of athletes. For example, the Handball Arena, a 7,500 capacity sports arena situated within the Olympic Park, will hold the handball and Modern Pentathlon Events during the Olympics before being used for Goalball during the Paralympic games, and then transformed into a new venue for a number of indoor sporting events once the Olympics is over.


The Olympic Handball Arena is the latest in a long line of contract wins for UK based CP Northern, established in 2006 and an approved system partner of CP Electronics. The company has just recently completed the lighting control system in the venue, providing a solution that covers the three


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