Archive for November, 2013

LEDs could be used in football stadium overhaul


One of Europe’s top football grounds has been earmarked for some radical changes to improve atmosphere; with LED lamps heavily involved in the plans.

For years fans and officials at Manchester United have complained that the all important match day atmosphere at Old Trafford has been lost as the ground has grown bigger over the years and now a team of experts, who were behind the design of the new Wembley Stadium, have been consulted on what could possibly be done to improve things.

The doubling in size of the capacity, along with the requirement for the stadium to be all-seated, following the Taylor Report of 1989, has meant that many fans feel that something is now lacking at an arena once called the “theatre of dreams.”

One of the ideas put forward by Populous is to use huge double-sided LED screens inside the ground to keep fans updated with team news, scores and tactical changes, while LED lighting woven into the pitch could be used to trace the movement of the players for everyone to see.

“It’s about bringing the information that you get at home into a three-dimensional arena,” explained architect and company owner Christopher Lee, who has designed 30 stadia around the world.

The sound cloud and other suggested modifications were ‘very feasible’, he said, adding: “Nothing we’re talking about here is prohibitively expensive.”

Some of the other more radical suggestions include a “Fan Zone” in the roof of the stadium, where supporters gather before and after the game, along with a “sound cloud,” which is basically a mesh that hangs across the whole stadium and keeps the atmosphere and noise bottled up.

To see the lights: Manchester city council to consider full LED replacement

If the thought of replacing all of the lights in your home with LED bulbs seems like a huge challenge; spare a thought for those at Manchester City Council.

They are considering swapping all of their 56,000 lamps for energy-efficient LED lanterns.

Town hall bosses in the city are discussing a £32 million overhaul in the way that the city is illuminated at night - and using LEDs is a serious consideration.

It’s thought that the changes, which would be rolled out over a three year period, could slash the council’s energy bills by almost 70%.

But the decision isn’t purely about saving money.

A report going before councillors next week claims that there have been ‘significant’ advances in technology since 2004 – with one of the key benefits being that they emit light that is much more similar to natural daylight.

The report also goes on to claim: “Given the projected increases in energy costs and these technological advances, it has become viable to investigate the installation of LED lanterns across all of Manchester, which would deliver various long-term benefits to the city. There will be significantly less glare, less upward light pollution and less light interference into people’s homes.”

The proposal once again highlights the long-term benefits of switching to LED bulbs, as although the initial outlay would be high and involve council borrowing – the bill would be paid off within a 17 year time-scale and the city’s carbon footprint would be significantly reduced over many decades.