Abacus Lighting

Lighting the way for cricket in the West Indies

Thanks to the expertise of Abacus, Antigua will be host to the first Caribbean 20-20 competition

Antigua: January 2006

Thanks to the expertise of Abacus Lighting, the Stanford Cricket Ground, in Antigua will be host to the first Caribbean 20-20 competition and will also act as an official floodlit practice venue for the Cricket World Cup in 2007.

Stanford Cricket Ground, in Antigua

Abacus were responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the floodlighting system. The lighting specification was designed to 3,500 lux horizontal and 2100 lux vertical to the wicket. The lighting system is one of the first in the world with floodlighting specifically designed to allow night time ’slo-mo’ TV camera replays as well as the high levels of outfield floodlighting necessary for international CTV broadcasts.
The installed floodlighting system for the Cricket Ground is arranged as a corner mast scheme, with each 35m mast carrying 52 Challenger® 3 floodlights fitted with 2KW HQI lamps.

Installing the floodlighting for the cricket ground

Given that the location of the Islands airport is situated within half a mile of the new Cricket Ground, demanded that the proposed scheme would have to be designed to ensure light pollution and the visual obtrusion of the masts were minimised. The resulting solution involved the specification of the Challenger® 3 floodlight, ideally suited for corner mast sports lighting installations.

Compactly designed, the floodlight incorporates an anti-glare baffle, ensuring minimum glare to onlookers and also facilitates the use of double-ended lamps of either 1000W or 2000W, offering optimum optical control.

The high optical performance of the floodlights ensured the necessary lighting levels were achieved with the lowest mast possible, as to ensure safe operating conditions for the neighbouring airport.

Lowering of the mast

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