Abacus Lighting

Lagos Tennis Club, Nigeria

Controllable LED Tennis Lighting.

Nigeria: December 2015

Lagos Country Club in Nigeria is home to 5 acres of sports facilities catering to sports such as Taekwondo, darts, swimming and tennis. The club states that the tennis courts are “the heartbeat of the club.” Having hosted some of the most celebrated national tournaments, including the Nigerian Open and ATP Tournaments, and with over 500 members these six courts have had substantial use. To ensure that players of all levels get the best experience possible and continue to return to Lagos, a new lighting system was in order for two of the main courts.

Four high performance AAA-LUX WS-Series fittings were installed onto pre-existing courtside masts. Built with the ability to be retrofitted, the 1700W LED WS-Series operates as a direct replacement for a 2kW fitting, the optimal solution as the existing columns did not require replacing. This reduced both time and costs associated with installation as no complicated bracketry is required for mounting these to the masts. Existing electrical wiring was used for the fittings, thus removing the need to add or move cabling and switches.

With the new LED floodlighting, the club now benefits from instant start up times on the courts, reduced running costs and increased flexibility of use. The LED modules are angled specifically to ensure a consistent spread of light, giving complete light level uniformity across the courts and meeting the requirements of the high level of tennis played at Lagos. This design gives excellent light control to the pitch as light overspill and wasted light is greatly reduced. In addition to this, the spectator and player experience is enhanced through a reduction in glare.

The AAA-LUX switching capability is ideal for adapting to the different levels of sport played on one court. Though these courts have been used for competitive play and tournament use, they are also used for general training and practice, meaning the lighting levels needed to be correct for each standard. The WS-Series can be programmed to perform at differing levels. In this instance, a controllable switch box was programmed for the lighting to operate at 100%, dim to 50% and 10% in addition to switching off. This switch box is placed in an easy to access area to allow for staff to have efficient and effective control over the floodlighting.

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