Illuminating the FIFA World Cup Stadiums of Russia – July 2018 Newsletter

World Cup fever is here…

Supplier Signify promised the billions of television viewers worldwide that the cameras would capture ‘all the drama on the pitch, every bead of sweat, taught muscle and grimace’.

The LED pitch lighting can also be controlled and synced to music to create spectacular pre-match entertainment.

Of the 12 stadiums, Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, won the contract to illuminate10 while Italian manufacturer Disano won two.
As well as Ekaterinburg Arena in the city of Yekaterinburg, Signify has lit the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, the Fisht stadium in Sochi as well as the stadiums in Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd and the stands in Samara.

From the top: Fisht Stadium; Ekaterinburg Arena and Mordovia Arena in Saransk

Disano will illuminate the pitch in stadiums in the cities of Samara and Saransk.

Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium features a spectacular 39,000 square metre LED media roof which will build excitement for fans across the city by creating unique light shows, before, during and after games.

The lighting system at the spaceship-shaped Cosmos Arena – designed by the German architecture firm GMP – features 324 HID floodlights generating 2000W with narrow, wide, medium and extra large beams.

For the lighting of the stands, the client used 160 Disano Forum 400 W lamps and eight Disano Forum 1000 W lamps.

For the lighting of the stadium of Saransk, some 352 2kW Disano Forum were installed with narrow, wide, medium and extra large beams. The stands are lit with 144 400W Forum lights and eight 1kW Forums.

World Cup: The tech specification requires the lighting systems at the 12 stadiums need to be compliant with illuminance requirements specified by FIFA. These require a guaranteed vertical illuminance value of over 2000 lx for all cameras with a uniformity U1=min/med 0.70 – U2=min/max 0.6 and horizontal illuminance greater than 3500 lx with a uniformity of U1=min/med 0.80 – U2=min/max 0.70.

Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with seven matches being played at each of these stadiums.

Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara will host 6 matches including one quarter-final match apiece, and the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don will host five matches apiece including one round of 16 match each.

Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, and Saransk will host four matches each and none of these cities will host any knockout stage games.

Content Credit: Lux Lighting News 22 June 2018

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Emergency Lighting

I recently read with interest that more than a third of the tower apartment blocks in the United Kingdom have poor emergency lighting, the state of which varies from non at all to inadequate or unserviceable

How would our apartment  blocks in South Africa rate?  For some years I have been immensely aware that not only are many of the lighting designs in South Africa been poor, lacking in imagination or the application of mind, but also that the requirements for emergency lighting as contained in SANS 10114-2, the Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations (Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, Section 3: Lighting), are ignored.

Many engineers confuse the availability of UPS powered lighting or standby power generators as being pert of the emergency evacuation plan with what is really meant by emergency lighting for evacuation in the event of a fire such as was experienced in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, in which 72 people died, residents lost everything and were left homeless.  At BHA Lighting we always design-in emergency lighting.  We do not want the loss of life and property on our conscious.  WE do not have a choice to do so in order to be fully compliant.

I have regarded this as so important, that I developed BHASL009: Emergency Lighting Course especially for consulting electrical engineers.  This course content is automatically included in BHASL003: Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course. The course covers all of the standards and regulations pertaining to emergency lighting.

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Forever Interesting World

Most of us tend to live in our own cocooned private worlds.However, all around us some crazy things are happening in the world from Donald Trump’s Tariff Wars to Brexit to continuing terrible wars with its accompanying misery for ordinary citizens.  WE cannot ignore these issues of craziness. You may wonder why I am mentioning this.  Well the answer is simple.

LED lighting makes use of heat sinks which, in the majority of cases, are made from Aluminium.  Most of the aluminium or recycled aluminium in sufficient quantities is sourced by China from the USA.  The imposition of relatively high tariffs as a result of the trade war between the USA and China with the associated tit-for-tat imposition of counter tariffs, will result in price increases of LED lighting and LED components including drivers.  This is at a time when the overwhelming opinion prior to the tariff increases was that LED prices would continue to decline as the technology has matured.

An associate said that the answer would then be to import from Europe.  That sounds too easy to be true.  The reality is that much of the European products are in fact also manufactured in China.  So the vicious circle continues.  Hopefully, sanity will eventually prevail.  Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope and light at the end of that tunnel – the USA mid-term elections start on 6 November 2018.  Will Donald Trump serve a second term?  Your guess is as good or bad as mine!


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