As the 2018-2019 English Premier League (EPL) season kicks-off, five clubs are set to unveil new pitch lighting at their home grounds.
The new lighting systems significantly enhance visibility, broadcast quality, energy efficiency, and the overall stadium experience for players and spectators.
This past summer five clubs, including Cardiff City FC, Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, had new Musco LED lighting installed, continuing a growing trend among EPL clubs.
This brings the number of EPL clubs that have had Musco’s LED system installed to 11, in addition to other iconic UK venues such as Twickenham Stadium, Manchester Arena, and Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
The transition to LED for field-of-play lighting at major stadiums and arenas has become more frequent in recent years, as advances with the technology have made it a cost-effective option.
In that time, stadium owners also have discovered a wide disparity in how well different LED solutions perform.
In some cases, clubs that had LED lights installed in just the past few years have already been forced to have them replaced due to problems with glare, unreliable performance, and failing to comply with necessary lighting and light-level specifications.
Cardiff City managing director Steve Borley said:
Cardiff City would like to thank Musco for the fantastic achievement of delivering the new floodlighting system ahead of schedule which was some feat given the requirement to rewire the stadium using rope access teams.
Their professional approach to a challenging installation is to be admired and the product and light rendering achieved surpasses our expectations and is a marked improvement to our original metal halide system.
Jon Babbs, Stadium Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said:
Using LED for the field-of-play lighting offers many benefits that previous light source technologies simply cannot.
We found the performance of Musco’s LED solution to be the best on the market. Their experience enabled them to customise virtually every aspect of the system’s fixtures, structural elements, and electrical components to meet our exact needs. We wanted the Club’s new stadium to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for players and fans, and this will be a big part of achieving that.
Southampton’s board member & director of legal & risk Tim Greenwell said:
We have had a number of challenges in getting our stadium to meet the Premier League’s compliance requirements.
We engaged with Musco to find a lasting solution to the longstanding problem of lighting at St Mary’s. We want to provide our fans with the best possible experience, both at St Mary’s or at home, so we wanted to engage the market leaders and we have not been disappointed by the results.
Following a very difficult working relationship with our previous supplier, we have found working with Musco an extremely straightforward and positive experience.
Each of these five most recent EPL clubs to make the switch to LED conducted exhaustive, independent research comparing the performance of different manufacturer solutions, before all of them chose to partner with Musco Lighting.