Lighting : LIGHTING Feb-Mar 2018
44 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2018 February/March 2018 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 45 It’s the same old story, time and time again: sporting club lighting has degraded to the point of failure; sporting club applies for funding to upgrade their existing facility lighting; club secures limited funding and then must finagle and wrangle as much as they can for the limited monies attained. A lighting supplier or engineering firm is usually engaged to calculate a typical cost payback period and espouse the benefits of LED lighting over metal halide lighting due to decreased energy usage and longer maintenance cycles. But what happens if that doesn’t provide the whole story? What happens if additional unexpected benefits occur from the lighting upgrade that benefits the sporting club far more than just returns on energy savings and maintenance? This is exactly what happened at the Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club (WMDCC). WMDCC users have been training under the existing lighting installation for the past 15 years. When LCI Consultants were asked to come to site and assist the club with spending its limited funding on a full upgrade of the cricket net lighting, we arrived on site and found one pole completely flattened due to a recent storm, another looking a bit worrisome based on the untreated rust at the base and the remaining four 12 metre concrete poles with some very CAITLYN YOUNG, ASSOCIATE ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING, LCI What happens when lighting isn’t just about lighting? Wynnum Manly District Cricket training facility lighting upgrade – A case study sad looking pole top lights, limping their way to the end of their useful life. The club had deemed the lighting upgrade a “high priority” under their capital works agenda item for the previous five years as the lighting levels had denigrated to what was considered dangerously low levels, something that the speed bowlers were using to their advantage during training. Under the existing lighting, the speed bowlers were coming out at dusk, bowling bodyline for an hour and then would see who was left standing at the end. After batting in those nets for many years, the injury risk to the batsmen were going to be very relieved and impressed with the reduced risk of bodily harm with the new and improved lighting installation. When the pole fell over during a large storm, the club had to act. As with all sporting clubs with government and council funding, financial assistance was limited. The existing infrastructure had to be retained and reused where safe to do so. Additionally, the WMCC is located extremely close to a number of neighbouring properties who were rightly vocal about the need to ensure the light crossing the boundary of their homes was well below the requirements of the Australian Standards. We redesigned the lighting to provide an average of 420 lux, with two new poles and utilising the existing poles with a new head mast arrangement. This achieved Class III lighting levels and exceeded the match practice levels based on Cricket Australia Guidance Note 4. Moreover, the obtrusive light levels for the neighbouring properties were well below the specified levels from AS4282 Control of the effects of outdoor lighting (1997) for pre-curfew. Had the club been unable to secure government funding for the upgrade and had to fund the lighting installation from their own coffers, this would have led to a payback period of approximately eight years based on today’s electricity costs. Mr Graham Mapri, President of WMDCC has advised that “ the new lighting system has created a feeling of euphoria with bowlers happily bowling bouncers in the nets and batsmen ceremoniously playing pull and hook shots to these deliveries”. However, what was unexpected about this project was the significant increase in patronage. Word of the upgrade spread quickly within the Queensland cricket community and, since the September 2017 installation, the club has seen an increase in patronage of 40 percent at the training facilities alone. As a direct result of the upgrade, the Eastern Districts and BEARS Junior representative teams have commenced training at WMDCC using the training facilities under lights. Based on this increase in patronage, we advised Mr Graham Mapri about the facilities since the lighting upgrade and calculated the benefits not just based on energy and maintenance cost savings but what the impact of the additional players were into the calculations. When additional membership fees are considered in the overall installation, the period of payback is reduced by 35 percent – a significant number for a small installation. The WMDCC understand the importance of lighting and the benefits that it offers them. Mr Mapri said that with additional lighting comes the ability to target different areas of the game. Good floodlighting has provided opportunities for weeknight training and matches. The club has found it easier to attract working families to play cricket as the time impost is significantly less than over a weekend. This is particularly true for their female membership which, according to My Cricket Community, cricket involvement has doubled in the past five years, increased 30 percent since last CASE STUDY year and is seeing even further growth since the improved media attention of the Women’s World Cup and inception of the Women’s Big Bash League. Additionally, moving training and games out of the heat of the day during the Queensland summer and into the night under lights provides health benefits to the junior version of the game. Often when engineers and lighting designers are asked to assist with a lighting upgrade for a facility, only the benefits to the club in savings for electricity and maintenance are considered, never the possibility that the improved lighting could draw additional athletes to the space and even grow certain areas of the game which were previously deemed unattainable to certain demographics. The on-flow affect for the club results in increased training opportunities, leading to increased player recruitment of both male and female players at a junior and youth level. This then provides the opportunity to attract new teams, improve opportunities for the club to achieve higher rankings in the league and a return on investment that allows for future upgrades due to increased patronage. CREDITS Lighting Design: Lehr Consultants International (Qld) Pty Ltd Luminaires: Empyrean Lighting Andromeda 410W LED Forward Throw Luminaires Photography: Blunt Photography The lighting before the upgrade: even with the pole missing due to a storm, the uniformity across the nets was good (left) but the illuminances were very low (right), although not apparent from the photographs. A dusk shot of the new lighting (left) and a wide-angle view into the nets, showing bright, compliant, uniform illumination (right). We redesigned the lighting to provide an average of 420 lux, with two new poles and utilising the existing poles with a new head mast arrangement.
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