In 2011, Mjøndalen Stadium in Norway underwent full renovation works, seeing upgrades to stadium facilities which included new artificial turf and lighting. With the promotion of Mjøndalen IF football team for the 2015 season, the grounds required further lighting upgrades in order to meet league standards. Working with Abacus’ Norwegian partners Multilux, a lighting scheme was produced around existing stadium elements to meet the new required lighting levels.
Multilux had previously provided a set of floodlights to meet lighting levels of 800 lux during the stadiums initial renovation. In Autumn 2014, Mjøndalen IF’s football team were promoted to the Elite League, Tippeligaen, resulting in the stadium needing an additional lighting upgrade. The league and broadcasting requirements for teams in the Tippeligaen is 1200 lux, much higher than the lighting levels obtained from the existing floodlights. New sports lighting was to be installed on pre-existing 30m high masts, with the mast height already determined, the choice of fitting was critical to obtain effective light distribution and lux levels. This pre-determined set mounting height, combined with the level of play and lighting requirement, resulted in the choice of Abacus Challenger 3 sports floodlights.
The Challenger 3 is perfectly suited to larger grounds and stadium floodlighting requirements, with a symmetric reflector system appropriate for corner mast installations and its anti-glare baffle, the fitting provides precise beams with excellent light control. A high pressure die cast aluminium body with toughened front glass holds double ended lamps, offering greater stability and further protecting the lamp from damage due to the weather or flying objects. Being installed on pre-existing fixed masts, ease of maintenance was a key factor. Access to the lamp and internal fittings is via a rear door on the Challenger 3 which meant this floodlight was ideal choice for this project. With the floodlighting system now installed, Mjøndalen IF’s football team are ready to enter into the 2015 Tippeligaen season in style.