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Docklands Light Railway

Jan 2024

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in East London, established in 1987, is a distinctive automated light rail system. he north sidings of the railway was in need of high quality and versatile lighting masts, which were easily maintained and accessible.

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Aberdeen Harbour

Dec 2023

Aberdeen Harbour is a historic and bustling port that plays a crucial role in the region’s maritime and economic activities.

As part of the Aberdeen Harbour expansion development, the need for new port lighting arose to ensure safe and efficient operations, particularly during night shifts and adverse weather conditions.

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65 Years as leaders in lighting

Dec 2023

We are delighted to commemorate a remarkable milestone in our journey – Abacus Lighting’s 65th anniversary in the industry. Since our inception in 1958, we have proudly illuminated the world with our innovative lighting solutions and unwavering commitment to quality.

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Trinity School and Performing Arts

Nov 2023

Trinity School & Performing Arts is a renowned institution dedicated to providing a comprehensive education. The college already had an existing floodlighting system in place on their sports pitch, However, they were after an LED alternative to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.

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Case Study: Toynbee School

Oct 2023

Toynbee School had concerns regarding the short and long-term costs associated with their existing floodlights, as well as the visibility of their sports pitch. The school’s leadership recognised the need for a more sustainable and cost-effective solution, which led them to explore the adoption of LED lighting technology.

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Malta Airport

Sep 2023

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Kingdown School

Sep 2023

Kingdown School’s hockey pitch already had an existing floodlighting system in place manufactured and installed by Abacus, However, they were after an LED alternative to reduce operational costs/maintenance fees and minimise any environmental impact.

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Callywith College

Sep 2023

Callywith College is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities, modern learning environments, and dedicated staff who provide high-quality education and support to students. The college already had an existing floodlighting system in place, However, they were after an LED alternative to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.

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Wincanton Tennis Club

Aug 2023

With a rich history of community engagement, Wincanton Tennis Club provides a welcoming environment for players of all ages and abilities.The club already had an existing floodlighting system in place, However, they were after an LED alternative to enhance the playing experience, reduce operational costs and minimise any environmental impact.

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The final test match of The Ashes 2023

Jul 2023

Australia may have retained their position as the Ashes champions last week, but that doesn’t mean the final match wont be just as thrilling!

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Oathall Community College

Jul 2023

Oathall Community College boasts state-of-the-art sports facilities, including a well-maintained sports field and courts for various activities. The college already had an existing floodlighting system in place, However, they were after an LED alternative to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.

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Case Study: Burton Hockey Club

Jul 2023

Floodlighting at Burton Hockey Club is an integral part of their infrastructure, enabling training and matches to take place even during the darker hours. The club already had an existing floodlighting system in place, manufactured and installed by Abacus in 2015. However, they were after an LED alternative.

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The Ashes at Headingley

Jul 2023

The 2023 Ashes Test Match at Headingley promises to be a historic clash between two cricketing giants, England and Australia.

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The Ashes second test match takes place at Lords, the home of Cricket.

Jun 2023

England’s fate hangs in the balance as Australia dominates the highly anticipated second test match of The Ashes, at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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Product launch: Challenger Mako

Jun 2023

Illuminate your surroundings with brilliance and efficiency.   In partnership with M3 innovation, Abacus are excited to add the Challenger Mako to our portfolio of elite stadia floodlighting! Designed to exceed expectations, this powerful floodlight offers unmatched performance and versatility. With its sleek and compact design, the Challenger Mako seamlessly blends into any environment whilst […]

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Product Launch: Challenger 3 LED

Jun 2023

High performance, large area LED floodlight

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Edgbaston hosts The Ashes first test match

Jun 2023

Abacus Lighting Shines Bright at Edgbaston for The Ashes First Test Match!

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IESANZ Exhibition

Jun 2023

Abacus Lighting is exhibiting at the IESANZ exhibition

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Case Study: Streetly Lawn Tennis Club

May 2023

After successfully raising funds needed via crowdfunding, Abacus Lighting was invited to survey the pitch and provide recommendations on achieving desired light levels. Taking on board an understanding of the club’s desire to increase the floodlit areas to enable the club to rotate use, protect the grass surface and prevent cancellations of games.

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Case Study: Les Quennevais Sports Centre

May 2023

Abacus Lighting forged a working relationship with the State of Jersey several years ago and we were delighted to be approached to work with them on this new project for their Sports Centre and a future project with a local school.

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Case Study: Nottingham Outlaws

Apr 2023

The club already had an existing lighting system provided by Abacus, which was installed in 2004. However, the advantages of LED lighting over traditional lighting appealed to the club, and Abacus were on hand to achieve their desired solution.

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Important notice: use of Abacus lowering devices on other manufacturers columns

Apr 2023

IMPORTANT NOTICEUse of Abacus lowering devices on other manufacturers columnsAbacus are aware of other column manufacturers claiming compatibility with our own manufactured lowering tools. For the avoidance of any doubt, Abacus have not tested their products with any other manufacturers lighting columns.Our operating instructions do not state that our products are compatible with other lighting […]

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Reasons to Upgrade to a LED – A thought from our Commercial Director

Nov 2022

Reasons to Upgrade to a LED – A thought from our Commercial Director

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Case Study: Haverfordwest County AFC

Nov 2022

Haverfordwest County AFC approached Abacus Lighting to upgrade their lighting systems to enhance the sustainability of its facilities.

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Case Study: Beverley Town Football Club

Nov 2022

About Our Client Beverley Town Football Club became an official section of the Beverley Town Cricket and Recreation Club at Norwood Recreation Ground in 2000. Since this, they have won the league championship in 2013 with a further two titles before being promoted to the Northern Counties East League in 2022. With this success comes […]

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Case Study: Barton Under Needwood Rugby Club

Sep 2022

The club approached Abacus Lighting to upgrade their lighting systems to enhance the sustainability of its facilities. We used their existing static mast infrastructure to replace their metal halide floodlights with energy efficient LED lighting.

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Case Study: Hamworthy United FC

Sep 2022

Hamworthy United football club is dedicated to developing innovation in the club and enhancing its newest surroundings. Part of the enhancement plan included upgrading their floodlights. Abacus was given the opportunity to survey the site and make recommendations based on the latest pioneering LED lighting.

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Case Study: Kuchyna Airbase

Sep 2022

About our client Kuchyna Air Base is a strategic military facility located in the heart of Slovakia, near the city of Nitra. Built in the early 1950s, the air base has played a crucial role in defending the airspace of the country and its allies. With its modern infrastructure, advanced technology, and highly skilled personnel, […]

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Case Study: Syon Lane

Sep 2022

Challenge  Syon Lane station in West London is one of many platforms that have complex lighting requirements for their walkways. As with most platform scenarios, the solution requires a combinations of column lighting along the platform itself and handrail lighting along footbridges and walkways. Solution The York Hinge product was the perfect solution to tackle […]

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Understanding LED Luminaire Lifespans

Jul 2022

Understanding LED Luminaire Lifespans

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Case Study: University of Lincoln

Jul 2022

About our client The University of Lincoln is one of the top 10 UK universities for reducing its impact on the planet. Over the last decade, staff and students have reduced carbon emissions by 34%. They take the planet’s future seriously and work together as one community to make a difference globally. Challenge  The university […]

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Case study: Toyota Derby

Apr 2022

Challenge: Toyota manufacturing plant is located in the heart of Derbyshire, and is one of two manufacturing bases in the UK. The existing high mast lighting luminaires were coming to their end of life after years of service. This caused in consistent lamp changes, which increased costs year on year, alongside poor lighting levels on […]

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Case Study: Gausta Ski Centre

Apr 2022

The Gausta Ski Resort in Norway is located at the foot of the mighty mount Gaustatoppen. The landmark mountain rises 1883 meters above sea level, and it is the highest peak of Vestfold and Telemark county. This majestic landscape creates the backdrop at the ski resort. Gausta Ski Resort is the result of the merger […]

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Case study: Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

Mar 2022

Challenge: Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC is a football club based in Wales, who are currently playing in the Cymru South. Following successes on the field, the club were awarded a grant towards the required stadium upgrades so they could meet the ground grading requirements of the FAW. This included increasing the current floodlight system from […]

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Case Study: Llandarcy Academy

Mar 2022

Challenge: Llandarcy Academy of sport offers some of the best sports education, function and conference facilities in Wales. The academy already had a lighting system in place, consisting of 24 x kW metal halide floodlights, which were dated and proving costly to run and maintain. Abacus were approached by the academy to survey their existing […]

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Case Study: St Edwards School

Mar 2022

Challenge St Edwards school is located in the heart of Oxford, and is a fully co-educational boarding and day school. The school boasts an excellent and extensive range of facilities, designed specifically for the many ways in which the school encourages pupils to learn. Following a stringent tendering process carried out by Sports Labs, Abacus […]

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Case Study: QPR Football Club

Mar 2022

Challenge: The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium is home to Championship football team Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR). Founded in 1892, the club have had numerous successes throughout the years, and are currently going from strength to strength. The club already had an existing lighting system in place, consisting of 4 x 40m static masts, carrying 20 […]

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Case Study: Crowborough Athletic Football Club

Feb 2022

Challenge Formed in 1984, Crowborough Athletic Football Club plays at Crowborough Community Stadium and are members of the Southern Counties East League. The club coaches football teams from a wide variety of levels from under 11’s to adults. The busy football club already had an existing metal halide lighting system in place; however, both the […]

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National Apprenticeship Week

Feb 2022

National Apprenticeship week celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships brings to employers, individuals and the economy. Here at Abacus we support the hiring of apprentices within the business, actively encouraging young apprentices to gain experience in their chosen field, and ultimately progress through the business whilst gaining valuable knowledge. Apprenticeships have been an integral part of Abacus’ […]

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Case Study: Hemsworth Miners Welfare

Sep 2021

Challenge Hemsworth Miners Welfare is a football club based in West Yorkshire. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and play at the Fitwilliam Stadium. Abacus first became involved with the club back in 2008, installing the original masts and floodlights. The lighting installation consisted of 6 x 15m HL250 […]

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Case Study: Retford FC

May 2021

Challenge Retford United Football Club was founded in 1987, and have had many successes over the years playing  in various leagues. The club now hosts a First team,  Reserves team and Under 21’s thanks to these  successes, and the backing of the local community. The club already had an existing lighting system,  supplied and installed […]

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Product Launch: Challenger 1 LED

May 2021

Abacus are delighted to announce the release of the new Challenger 1 LED floodlight!  The Challenger 1 LED represents the cutting edge of floodlighting technology, combining unrivalled performance with a rock bottom cost of ownership and sleek modern design.

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Case Study: Newark Sports Hub

Dec 2019

Newark Sports Hub is a sports village providing state-of-the-art facilities; including a 3G football pitch, athletics track, cycle track, tennis courts and multi-use games area. Planning for the new development began in 2017 and by 2018, building work commenced on the multi-million pound development. A sports floodlighting system was to be included in the development to facilitate busy evening schedules and events.

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Case Study: Streetly Lawn Tennis Club

Oct 2019

Streetly Lawn Tennis Club is recognised as one of the premier tennis clubs in the Midlands, offering both first class and social facilities. With an existing metal halide lighting system across nine tennis courts, the club wanted to convert to LED. In order to spread the cost, a single court installation would be completed first.

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Case Study: Garon Castle Adventures

Oct 2019

Opened in June 2019, Garon Castle Adventures is Southend’s latest adventure golf experience and already looks set to become a hugely popular destination for children and adults alike. A lighting solution was needed which enabled visitors to play the adventure golf course in the evenings without detracting from the overall aesthetics of the course and its surroundings.

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Case Study: Royal Russell School

Sep 2019

Challenge Situated in Croydon, Royal Russell School provides an exciting range of opportunities for its pupils ranging from 3 to 18 years of age. Boasting a number of football pitches, hockey pitch, all weather games areas for netball and tennis and indoor facilities, sport is clearly an integral part of school life at Royal Russell. […]

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Case Study: Leek Hockey Club

Aug 2019

Leek Hockey Club is a community sports club based in Staffordshire and is one of the premier hockey clubs in England. With seven mens and four ladies league sides and teams ranging from under 8’s to veterans, the club caters for a wide range of ages and abilities.

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Case Study: Fraser Coast Sports Complex

Aug 2019

Challenge Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct in Hervey Bay, Australia, is the home for many local clubs participating in Football and Netball. Since it first opened in February 2019, the sporting complex has become a popular site to train on with professional soccer club Brisbane Roar F.C. training their players there. The complex needed […]

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Case Study: Lewis Athletics Track

Jun 2019

Challenge With an ever-growing membership of over 400 people competing at all levels, Lewes Athletics Club plays host to many track and field activities. The club had an existing lighting system, so were looking for the best way to utilise the current masts whilst improving the lighting levels and bringing down running costs. Solution 36 […]

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Case Study: Donaldson Timber Yard

Jun 2019

Challenge Donaldson Timber Engineering is located in the heart of Ilkeston, and is the UK’s leading and longest-established manufacturer and supplier of roof trusses, open web joists, I-joists, spandrel panels and gable panels. An effective lighting solution was required to enable them to operate during the evenings, and to ensure staff safety during operations. Solution […]

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Case Study: East Midlands Airport

Apr 2018

Each year, East Midlands Airport connects over 4 million passengers to destinations around the world. Being in the heart of England, the airport is situated in a prime location easily accessible by a variety of transport links, such as train, bus and car, making it an ideal choice for travellers from not just the East […]

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Case Study: Eastcroft Rail Depot

Dec 2017

Challenge Eastcroft Depot is a stabling point located within Nottingham city centre, and is one of three depots on the East Midlands Trains network. The depot carries out light maintenance of class 153, 156 and 158 fleet of trains, as well as overnight fuelling, servicing and vehicle preparation. East Midlands Trains had a requirement to […]

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Case Study: Southend Airport

Oct 2017

London Southend Airport is an international airport in the district of Rochford, Essex, just 42 miles from the centre of London. During the 1960’s – 1970’s it was the third busiest airport in the UK. In 2008, the airport entered into a development programme headed by its new owners, Stobart Group. This project provided a […]

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The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade

Apr 2017

It is with great pride that we announce that Abacus has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017. This is the highest official UK award that a British business can receive and is recognition of our excellence in export. Since 1950, Abacus has been dedicated to British manufacturing and in 1965 Abacus entered […]

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Case Study: London Maccabi

Sep 2015

Set up in 1995, London Maccabi FC is home to around 40 teams across Senior, Junior and Masters football. Over the last year, the clubs Rowley Lane home ground has undergone renovations including the addition of a new 200 seat stand, dedicated to the memorable Maccabi player Alan Mattey. As part of these renovations, a […]

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Case Study: Jersey Airport

Apr 2015

Jersey Airport consistently keeps up with changes and demands of the aviation market, with renovations and construction works on the north and south aprons along with a new build air cargo centre this year, Jersey Airport is pushing to the forefront of change. As part of this forward movement, the airport is changing to LED […]

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Case Study: Neasden Rail Depot

Mar 2015

Challenge Neasden Train Depot is the largest of its kind in London, with a history in manufacturing and maintaining train stock dating back to the 1800s. Abacus GL520 masts were originally installed at Neasden depot in the 1980s. Due to the masts positioning being in close proximity to the lines, vibration from nearby trains had […]

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Case Study: Reading Rail Depot

Aug 2013

Challenge Reading Train Care Depot is a critical support hub which has kept train services in the South & London running for over 50 years. As part of a £36m rebuild, Abacus were tasked with designed and delivering a unique lighting solution. With overhead gantries, ground height and the concerns of the Berkshire residents to […]

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Case Study: Manuka Oval

Jan 2013

Trade minister Lord Green lends support to a UK ’World Leader’ As the West Indies launched their bowling attack against the Prime Minister’s XI on Tuesday night in Canberra, 10,000 miles and an eleven hour time difference away, a team of UK engineers slept peacefully in their beds, knowing that if it wasn’t for them, […]

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Case Study: Bristow Helipad

Nov 2009

Project: Abacus ‘aims to please’ at Bristow Helipad Helicopter operating company, Bristow, can now land its pilots safely at any time of the day or night.   Helicopter operating company, Bristow, can now land its pilots safely at any time of the day or night without affecting the adjacent Norwich Airport runway, thanks to the […]

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Case Study: Oval Cricket Ground

Jun 2009

Since opening in 1845, the Kennington Oval has been the home of Surrey County Cricket Club. Through the years, the Oval has played host to many international cricket matches such as the Ashes, the ICC Champions Trophy and the Cricket World Cup. Interestingly, it also staged England’s first international football match, against Scotland and the […]

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Case Study: Lords Cricket Ground

May 2009

Solution 400 x Challenger 3 floodlights on Telescopic Masts. The four floodlights are telescopic, so the masts can be extended to 48m when in use and retracted to just over 29m when not in use. With full touch-screen operation, the lights take just 20 minutes to be fully extended for use from switch-on and provide […]

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