First sportfield LED lighting in Portugal


Supporting children’s football dreams

During the State Visit of the Dutch King and Queen to the President of the Portuguese Republica, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Oktober 2017 in Lisbon, the first LED lighted football accomodation was put in the spotlight. The AAA-LUX LED luminaire project beautifully connected Dutch and Portuguees entrepeneurship with the sustainable energy, which was the theme of the Dutch Portuguees trade mission, in the wake of the state visit.

High quality facilities for hundreds of children

At the football club União Recreativa e Desportiva de Tires in the beautiful village of Cascais, hundreds of children make use of the facilities, one day hoping to becoming a famous player. It explains the need for high quality facilities such as artificial fields and high quality lighting.

Creating a green flagship

For many years durability is highly valuated in Portugal. Being able to apply this to the countries main sports, can give an extra boost to Portugals image as one of the green flagships of the European sustainable policy. The two LED lighted fields of Tires, are expected to save at least 70% energy,  compared to conventional lighting. At full power the savings are about 40 to 50%. With the use of wireless controls it is possible to dim down the levels from Class II to training level, leading to an additional 30% reduction of energy use.

Esergy Consulting made it possible

Partner Esergy Consulting  made it possible to re-use the existing mast structures so the cost would be as low as possible. It is an important feature of AAA-LUX lighting to keep the financial hurdle at a minimum and as a result keeping LED sports field lighting within reach of more clubs. The AAA-LUX luminaires are designed in such a way that in most cases existing technical infrastructure can be used. Luminaires are light weight and quite small, which is unique in LED flood lighting.

Club manager overwhelmed

Club manager Jose Carlos Brunheta is delighted with the new LED lighting. “After seeing pictures and hearing stories the choice for LED was clear. The financial and durablility contribution of the city made it possible”, Brunheta says. “But it was still overwhelming when the light is turned on for the first time”.

Before the club was never spoilt with good lighting, to say the least. Making the step to EN Class II lighting was a huge leap forward for the club. Brunheta: “What I like about Esergy Lighting, who supported us extremely well, is that they like to do more than the requirements prescribe. Class II requires 0,6 uniformity, with AAA-LUX they aimed for at least 0,7. We wanted to have a unique upgraded accomodation and we are happy and proud we succeeded.”

FC Helsingør Stadium, Denmark

First Scandinavian stadium with a green footprint

What if you have only 4 weeks to install LED stadium lighting?

Last summer FC Helsingor earned promotion to the highest Danish football league, the Alka Superliga. With the new stadium not being finished yet it became clear that the old stadium needed some serious upgrades to be able to comply to the regulations and specifications of the Danish Football Association. One of the biggest challenges they face; a complete new lighting system.

Normally the whole proces, from concept to an up and running lighting system, can take up to 12 months. So what do you do if you only have like 10% of that time.

AAA-LUX is specialized in stadium LED lighting. Thanks to the narrow beam WS-STAD luminaires, 360 degree vertical uniformity can be achieved from any location. So the 4 masts solution for Helsingor was no problem for the powerfull LED WS-series that AAA-LUX has already been using in around 1.000 – mostly sports – projects worldwide.

A case like this is right up the alley of the new production facility in Eindhoven, which allows AAA-LUX to have a large and efficient production output. It was perfect timing for Helsingor when a full container of LED luminaires was delivered at the old stadium, about 2 weeks before FC Helsingors first official Superliga match.

Partners Betterlight, Green Industry and Dutch installation company Vrolijk & Overgaauw B.V. did an amazing job, placing 4 new masts with new foundations, installing 88 luminaires and finishing the project 2 days before the first match. The result was the first Scandinavian stadium with a green footprint, a 1.000 lux lighting installation with high uniformity and color rendering for HD TV broadcasting.

« After the first couple of matches, the light has received a warm welcome” Thomas Bertram of Better Light explains. “Especially the TV stations have talked in real positive terms about the consinstency in the light, flicker free and overall light quality. So in 4 weeks we built a setup that delivers on all points, from TV company requirements to The Danish Football Association’s (DBU) requirements, and FC Helsingør now has a stadium that also is the perfect training field for the Danish National Team. »

Initially wireless controls are used to select the lighting scenes for televised or non-televised games or for full or half field training at a lower lighting levels. When moving the lighting system to the new stadium in 2018, the luminaires could be equiped with cabled controls for show lighting.

Only 4 masts required to provide sufficient illumination

Four masts with 4 luminaires each is all AAA-LUX Germany needed to illuminate the new multi-purpose artificial grass field at TSC Eintracht Dortmund according to spec. The field will accommodate hockey and lacrosse.

The latest generation AAA-LUX LED luminaires have become that sophisticated that, compared to conventional luminaires, fewer LED luminaires are required to illuminate a full-size hockey field. ‘This is the fruit of the teaming of its R&D, Sales and Production departments. Since the start of the year all AAA-LUX departments have been brought together in a new facility,’ Udo Kempf of AAA-LUX Germany explains. ‘By bringing all bright minds together we have managed to take another giant leap forward. The light intensity and quality the AAA-LUX LED luminaire produce have become of such nature that we can reduce the number of luminaires required without affecting the light required.’ AAA-LUX LED luminaires are now also ISO certified.

Apart from LED luminaires, TSC Eintracht Dortmund also invested in the AAA-LUX light control and management system. ‘They can decide to illuminate the field at 100%, 60% or 40% capacity. The only difference that will be noticed is the reduction in energy consumption when the intensity is reduced. Players and spectators won’t notice anything as the uniformity will remain the same,’ Kempf adds.

Being able to reduce its energy consumption was one of the main reasons TSC Eintracht Dortmund decided to select AAA-LUX LED luminaires. ‘The club is very, very environmental conscious. By selecting AAA-LUX LED technology with dimming capacity, members of club feel that they have selected an illumination solution that will complement the environmental conscious decision they made with the field. The playing surface hardly requires water to produce good playing conditions.’

The new surface and water harvesting system will safe the club over 7.000m3 potable water per annum.

‘And the AAA-LUX LED luminaire will save the equivalent of energy that would be used to illuminate up to 20 kilometers of highway,’ Kempf concludes.