Monday 5th October 2015: Tennis, like many sports, relies on carefully designed lighting to deliver the high illuminance levels required for standard and competitive play. Crucial to both the designer and the fixture manufacturer is minimising glare and shadow while also ensuring the court is as evenly lit as possible.
The Sports Village is home to Sutton Tennis Academy, where the courts were previously fitted with fluorescent tube totalling around 6480W per court of power consumed. Continuous play meant the Academy was consuming over 262,080kWh total for a total of 9 courts.
Pulsar Light was approached by The Sports Village about the Eco-Range solutions, particularly the UniBay130 – a fixture designed by Pulsar Light in collaboration with England sports bodies and players.
After visiting the site and preparing extensive light calculations with the UniBay130, Pulsar Light created a scheme that reduced the running cost of each court and provided an increase to the original light levels.
The final scheme included 16 x UniBay130W fittings (per court) with 42deg optics, which reduces the total consumption to 64,396kWh and a 75% annual reduction on their energy bill. In addition to paying less in electric bills, light level readings were taken averaging 400lux perfect for daily practice and club matches.
“The difference in lighting level was significant and we have had many favourable comments from our users,” says James Sohl, General Manager at The Sports Village. “The sensor control will be a great efficiency in addition to the savings from using LED lighting. We are very pleased we have undertaken this change.”