State-of-the-art lighting system installed at World Cup stadiums

2010-04-23 00:00

A NEW 2 000-watt, single-ended, metal-halide lamp may not mean a lot to you and me.

But according to Jeroen Jansen, Philips Lighting’s general manager for Southern Africa, the lamp is set to provide the ultimate viewing experience for spectators at the Fifa 2010 World Cup.

The powerful lamp is the basis of the new ArenaVision lighting system from Philips, and has already been installed at six of South Africa’s World Cup venues — Soccer City, Ellis Park, Royal Bafokeng, Moses Mabhida, Peter Mokaba and Nelson Mandela Bay stadiums.

The halide lamp “maximises optical efficiency and enables accurate light distribution with a minimum of spill light”, Jansen said.

“In addition, the new ArenaVision systems offer easy lamp fitting and replacement, full IP65 compliance, a new safety knife connector system and a breakthrough electronic hot-restrike solution, while continuing to offer all the benefits of its predecessor.”

A total of 548 of the new lamps were installed at the Moses Mabhida stadium by October last year.

The ArenaVision system was also used at the World Cup in Germany four years ago, and Philips claims that the technology of the system has improved substantially since then.

The system is currently used by more than half of the world’s major football stadiums.

“With ArenaVision, the key disciplines of lamp, optic and gear design were brought together with a single mission: to create the best possible floodlight that will operate effectively for many years,” Jansen said.

“The new ArenaVision mono- block optics has been designed with the latest 2 000-watt axial lamp-optical concept to provide about 10% more light.

“As a result, even fewer luminaries are required for the application coverage, allowing substantial savings on capital, energy and maintenance,” said Jansen.

Moses Mabhida is connected to an 11 kilovolt bulk power supply by the eThekwini Municipality, which satisfies the power requirements for the stadium.

On match day, the stadium will draw on about 4 MVA, the equivalent of 4 000 000 watts capability.

The new lighting system was required by stadium authorities to comply with high definition television specifications for the World Cup, meaning that those viewers watching from home will also have an enhanced viewing experience.

“Philips is committed to enhancing people’s lives with light and it is therefore vital that lighting systems are provided not only to accommodate the stringent demands of the TV broadcasting industry, but also to give live spectators the best possible viewing experience” Jansen said.

 

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