Abacus pitch in to help reduce Light Pollution
Abacus pitch in to help reduce Light Pollution - Lighting Solutions for the Sports Industry
Sutton In Ashfield, England: April 2007
Protecting the environment through careful lighting design is a major priority for Abacus Lighting. Overspill, Sky Glow and Glare (the key elements of light pollution) are receiving increasing attention wherever floodlighting applications are being considered and, in the past, sports lighting has provided some of the worst cases of individual light pollution.
Over the past 45 years, Abacus has built an international reputation as one of the world’s leading sports lighting specialists, providing solutions that conform to the most stringent planning requirements. Its commitment to innovation, high engineering standards and quality production ensures minimum impact on all types of locality and environment. The control of light pollution is a high priority design consideration for both new projects and existing installations.
Light Pollution is a problem associated with our modern night environment. It can cause serious adverse affects both physiologically and ecologically in city, urban and rural areas. Abacus work closely with The British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) which aims to preserve and restore the beauty of the night sky by campaigning against inefficient, unnecessary and irresponsible lighting.
Abacus’ "Challenger®" range of floodlights has been carefully designed to satisfy the requirements of a diverse range of sports lighting applications at every possible level of competition.
The Challenger® 1 range of sports lighting offers a specific light control system consisting of a series of complementary measures to effectively control obtrusive light. Precision reflector systems ensure tight beam control, reducing overspill and directing light only where it is needed on the playing surface! A choice of Challenger® 1, 2 and 3 floodlights ensure that every sports lighting requirement can be satisfied from large sports stadiums to racecourses and from tennis courts to cricket grounds.
Abacus also has the manufacturing capability and the engineering expertise to design, manufacture and install a range of mast systems for any scale of project - from tennis courts to hockey pitches. Its range of raising and lowering mast systems are operated by a simple counterbalance unit, allowing routine maintenance and lamp replacement to be carried out easily and in completely safety. A standard range of fixed masts are also available up to 20m and can incorporate climbing rungs, ladders, safety hoops or platforms.
Abacus was recently invited to design and build a one-off steel structure to provide lighting for the TV cameras for the Hill End of Ireland’s most prestigious stadium, Croke Park, in Dublin.
Abacus dedicated over 600 design hours to the project, developing working CAD models and producing 93 detailed manufacturing drawings. Custom hydraulics and electronics were designed and manufactured to ensure the safe and successful ’docking’ of the lowering section.
Northampton Saints RFC have also benefited from Abacus’ sports expertise. As part of a stadium redevelopment which increased capacity from 11,700 to 12,500, Abacus designed, manufactured and installed a new sports lighting system to Class 1 Rugby Standards (500 Lux), providing suitable lighting levels for televised matches.
Other installations include: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster; Stanford Park and Kempton Park Racecourse. International contracts include Green Park Stadium, Kanpur; Nad Al Sheeba Racecourse, Dubai and the Hyderabad Stadium in India.
To complement its sports lighting package, Abacus provides a range of services to maintain the systems throughout their working life. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum maintenance packages are available offering services including annual inspections; emergency lamp replacement and tailored maintenance contracts to suit any requirement.