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LED lighting system for tennis and squash club

19 March 2015

It was game, set and match for Barclay LED Solutions after a year-long trial of their LED lighting system led to Chapel Allerton Tennis and Squash Club (Chapel A) retaining their new indoor lights and being one of the first clubs in the country to install an LED lighting system to both their indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

The move to trial a new form of lighting came as a result of a wider investigation into efficient energy solutions when the 1,900 member, Leeds-based, club sought to increase energy efficiency as well as reduce electricity bills and ongoing maintenance costs.

Funding of £210,000 made available with the help of National Lottery investment from the Sport England Improvement Fund allowed the club to invest in new technology.

Chapel A has 13 outdoor courts, three indoor courts, six squash courts and a gym. Floodlights were initially installed in the three-court indoor tennis dome, which previously used 100 x 400 watt metal halide fittings. These were replaced with 108 x 130 watt LED fittings reducing electricity consumption by almost 70 per cent.

On the outdoor courts, specially fabricated anti-glare shields, which were painted to blend in with the existing infrastructure, ensured that light pollution was virtually eliminated to the surrounding properties without any reduction in light levels on the playing surface.

LED lighting was also installed in the squash courts, gymnasium, clubhouse and car park.

It is anticipated that the energy bill will be reduced by a third by implementing these simple changes throughout the facility. The overall annual electricity costs are £32,000 and the savings of £11,000 (including maintenance) per annum, through utilising modern LED lighting, will be reinvested to encourage growth within the junior section.

The club aims to provide in-house coaching and school outreach programmes to make the sport more accessible to children in their local community.

Chapel A found that LED offers a brighter and clearer playing experience whilst being a sound environmental choice. Cath Blakeman, general manager at Chapel A, said: “With the projected cost and energy savings, it made perfect sense to switch to LED.

“The improvement in the quality of the lighting is outstanding. Members have been very happy with the new lights, not only is it brighter but the light is more evenly distributed with no shadows.”

With visits from national sporting bodies and a number of tennis clubs, Chapel A has also been able to showcase the new technology to membership groups from across the country.

Lisa Francis, partner at Barclay LED Solutions, said: “By utilising LED technology, the club has not only benefited from real cost and energy savings, it has also been able to position itself as a flagship 'early adopter' amongst other sporting facilities.

“This brings us ever closer to a future where LED-fitted venues become more common and are what customers expect to see when they visit sports venues.”

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