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Lord’s in LED floodlight first

March 28 2024 - News Release News Editorial

Lord’s is set to become the first UK men’s Test cricket ground to make the switch to LED floodlights.

Lord’s in LED floodlight first

Abacus Lighting has been working with the London cricket venue to install its Challenger Mako floodlight since December. The installation is scheduled to be finished in time for the Middlesex vs Glamorgan County Championship fixture on April 5.

LED floodlights are more energy efficient that the previous Halide system at Lord’s, and are also fully recyclable. Additionally, LED lighting is highly directional, meaning the level of glare and light pollution emitted by the floodlights will be reduced.

The Challenger Mako model was chosen due to its lightweight fitting, which makes it ideal for elite sporting arena retrofit solutions. It also provides the highest power output from the lowest possible weight.

MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) also worked with Abacus to ensure that the new floodlights have a sustainable impact, while meeting the lighting controls required by Westminster City Council and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“Reducing energy consumption across the Lord’s estate is a key priority for the Club as we work towards our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and Net Zero by 2040, if not earlier,” said Robert Ebdon, Estates Director at MCC.

“The new LED floodlighting system is one of the many areas that we’re upgrading to help make Lord’s more sustainable and energy efficient while also improving our visitors’ and local residents’ experience. We’re the first men’s UK Test ground to install LED floodlights that will reduce glare while enhancing visibility and clarity, giving spectators and players a brighter and more consistent lighting experience, providing optimal conditions for world-class cricket.”

"The new LED floodlighting system is one of the many areas that we’re upgrading to help make Lord’s more sustainable and energy efficient." Robert Ebdon, Estates Director at MCC

Chris Anderson, Sales Director at Abacus Lighting, added: “The Challenger Mako LED floodlight brings the latest lighting technology to Lord’s, offering the highest power output to lowest weight and optically has been specifically designed for Elite Cricket Stadia, which will improve lighting levels to the latest ECB lighting specifications whilst offering significant energy savings over the existing metal halide lighting system.

“The specification criteria at Lord’s were stringent, where it was required to improve the lighting levels to the field of play in line with the latest ECB standards, reduce energy consumption, and ensure the current Abacus Telescopic lighting masts operated within capacity whilst controlling the lighting to Westminster planning guidelines. All of this requires the market leading specialist products and services Abacus can offer, to deliver another world class lighting solution to the Home of Cricket.”

Image: MCC/Jed Leicester

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