According to Southampton Football Club's Mark Humby, Southampton's, Stadium Facilities Manager, the club are set to make a history double for the club making the second at the St Mary's ground.
The club has hired Vision Accendo to deliver the new lighting system which is to bring the quality of broadcasting at St Mary's up to modern day lighting standards. The new LED lights will reduce energy use up to 70%. The traditional lighting used conventional halide floodlights that are still in use in other stadiums. Bamford Lighting Director Les Morris, who has 25 years in electrical engineering and installing LED Lights for industry and commerce at his own company commented on the news highlighted on the clubs website, "It is about time a football club have made the brave investment into LED lighting. With running costs increasing, I am confident the money the club with save will pay for the LED lighting in the future."
When Mark Humby met with Vision Accendo company's Calvin Caunter and Ian Williams, he highlighted a concern about the weight of the lighting and whether the roof could support the new lighting system. Chief Technical Manager Ian Williams was to ensure that every technical criteria was investigated and assessed to ensure there where no concerns that could prevent the lighting being installed in time and ready for the 2014/15 season at St Mary's.
This is a big step for a club like Southampton Football Club, no other European club is yet to install LED floodlighting in a stadium, making Saints a pioneer. Southampton has made history before when its old stadium, The Dell installed the first permanent floodlights in the UK.
The new lighting system is said to give Southampton supporters a new football spectators experience around Saint Mary's. The benefits of this lighting system will also be enjoyed by television viewers and broadcasters. One problem that will be considerably reduced in broadcasting viewing will be what is known as motion flicker which has been tested and recorded at just 0.2% from at rate of 6%.
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