Southwell is Europe’s first race course with LED lighting

SOUTHWELL Racecourse has become the first in Europe to be illuminated with LED lighting.

Opened in 1850, Southwell is one of just six all-weather tracks in Britain, the only one with a fibresand surface and now the only one lit with LED.

The lighting features special effects capabilities that will create innovative pre-race and post-race light shows, enhancing the overall racecourse experience for race goers.

The LED lighting was customised to meet the distinct needs at Southwell. It includes 641 fixtures from US manufacturer Musco mounted to 56 poles, providing precision lighting to the track, photo finish area, track egress, stables, parade ring and car park.

Adaptive controls and multi-level dimming allow the racecourse to light only the sections of track being used for each race, which can vary from five furlongs to two miles, resulting in significant energy savings.

Patented light control technology eliminates light spill into the centre course, stands or outside of the venue, says Musco. The lighting also features special effects capabilities that will create innovative pre-race and post-race light shows, enhancing the overall racecourse experience for race goers.

Mark Clayton executive director of the racecourse, told Lux: ‘When the decision was taken to install floodlights at Southwell, we were determined to make sure that the technology was top of the range, and we’ve been delighted to work with Musco to deliver this system.

‘It provides fantastic light to the track, whilst minimising any light spill to any other area, which was a major objective of the project. Feedback from jockeys who have ridden under the lights so far has been fantastic’.

‘We’ve successfully lit other racecourses in the UK but this is the first one using LED, and we’re fairly certain it’s the first one anywhere in the world,’ said Jeff Rogers, president of Musco World. ‘The team at ARC was outstanding to work with.

‘They had very clear objectives from the start, which included achieving the best possible on-track light quality and visibility, avoiding glare, eliminating spill light outside the venue, being energy efficient, and creating an exciting new experience for spectators.’

Musco has also supplied several English Premier League stadiums such as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal,  as well as Manchester Arena, and Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

  • See the latest LED sports luminaires at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition, taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019 at London ExCeL. Entry is free. See the full programme and register for a place HERE.

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