THE DRAMATIC energy savings of today’s LED lighting was demonstrated this week with the revelation that an LED refit at London’s iconic Wembley Arena requires just 5 per cent of the available power to provide the same illumination as the previous halogen lighting installation.
The SSE Arena, Wembley, one of the UK’s most popular concert and events venues, installed the house lighting system in its 12,000 capacity auditorium that is set to lower costs, reduce emissions and open up the venue to potential new avenues of revenue from major sporting events.
SSE Enterprise Contracting was tasked with the install. The work included the removal of 99 1500W halogen lamps with an hourly power use of 148KW, which only gave 300 lx across the auditorium floor. Once removed, the entire system was updated with 60 LED luminaires.
The new units can provide up to 1,500 lx across the auditorium floor and have a maximum power rating of 964W. This means that the auditorium can be lit to the same level as previously with halogen lamps, using just 5 per cent of the available power. This will lead to an estimated £80,000 saving per year in energy costs and maintenance requirements.
Peter Fewings, technical and building services director at The SSE Arena, told Lux: ‘We’re very happy with the install of the new lighting rig. Not only are we saving in energy costs, but we can now also light the auditorium to a standard expected from major sporting events.’
Peter Ryde, SSE Enterprise contracting marketing manager, added: ’At SSE Enterprise Contracting, we’re collaborating with the industry’s leading technology companies to bring energy efficient innovation direct to our customers.
‘This practice has ensured many organisations from local authorities to heavy industry to actively reduce their energy spend and meet their challenging carbon targets through employing the latest, future proof technology to ensure their facilities operate smart, greener and more effectively.’
‘Lighting an iconic stadium such as the SSE Arena in partnership with Powercor, has been a gratifying journey. Thanks to the Philips Optivision floodlight systems, lux levels in the SSE Arena were able to be increased allowing it to host a broader range of events, such as elite-level ice hockey, while also reducing energy costs. Working with such a landmark venue has definitely exceeded my expectations,’ said Andy Gowen, director, public and sports lighting, UK & Ireland at Signify.
Since its opening in 1934, the famous stage at the arena has been graced by the likes of Madonna, David Bowie, The Who, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and even The Beatles and Rolling Stones once shared the same bill.
- See the latest high energy-efficiency LED 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.