Lighting : Lighting April 2014 - Vol 34 Issue 2
18 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2014 April/May 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 19 feature For the love By CLAIrE ThompSoN Lighting in multi-sport venues should be responsive to the needs of each individual sport. The lighting at Manuka Oval in Canberra responds to the broadcast needs of both cricket and AFL. Lighting by Arup, Cox Architecture, Abacus Lighting and DIALight ILS. image copyright ben Wrigley. image courtesy of Cox architecture. of the game Australiaisnothingifnotasports-mad country. At some point, the vast majority of us will find ourselves playing or cheering on the sidelines of a dazzling array of social and professional athletic pursuits, from indoor soccer to rugby to basketball to cricket. And, while you could argue that getting the most out of our sporting venues and our individual sporting experiences is largely governed by how cold the after-match beer is, the importance of effective sports lighting runs at least a close second. The lighting of sports venues in Australia are governed by Australian standard AS2560, which covers a huge number of variables. For example, the standard dictates minimum lux levels for different sports at different levels of competition (amateur through to professional); provides guidelines for the effective lighting of a variety sporting activities, from training through to competition play; and lists for requirements specific lighting characteristics, such as colour rendering, glare reduction, and illuminance uniformity. (It should be noted that AS2560 does not cover lighting requirements for televised sports matches; venues being fitted out for broadcasting purposes need to be responsive to an additional set of lighting guidelines specific to TV.) Each sport has a unique set of lighting requirements, depending on the rules and objectives of the game, and whether it’s played in an indoor or outdoor venue. According to David Lewis, a renowned sports lighting specialist currently working on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the majority of sports can be played effectively in an environment that is lit between 300 and 500 lux; however, this, too, is influenced by a range of factors, including the speed of the sport. For example, light levels for fast-paced games like cricket and tennis tend to be higher than those required for games such as basketball or football, in which a larger ball travels at comparatively slower speeds.
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