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With this in mind, should designers of new stadia, or project managers of renovations, be looking at both on-field and off-field lighting as part of a single solution?


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Philips Lighting announces new web-controlled connected LED lighting

Philips Lighting has announced the first integrated, connected LED lighting system designed for recreational sports fields. The Philips PerfectPlay system enables recreational sports centers to reduce energy costs, simplify operations and maximize revenue potential, while providing better-quality lighting for sportsmen and women.

Philips PerfectPlay uses energy-efficient LED sports field lighting that can be controlled by the simple tap of a control panel, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the sports facility or remotely. This will deliver the best lighting regime for the sport being played. The system provides flexibility to change light scenes on the fly and select settings for a match or training. Similarly, it can light only part of a pitch, helping recreational sports facilities to maximize earning potential and significantly reduce operational costs. Philips PerfectPlay is ideal for outdoor and indoor use. Also, it operates with existing or new installations.

Philips PerfectPlay features three different light settings for municipality facility managers and sports club managers to manage their operations remotely or on-site: Match, with 100% lighting needed for official matches; Training, with up to 50% dimming; and Comfort, with 10% level lighting to create ambiance for après-sport socializing and safety.

There is secure, personalized authorization for facility managers and trainers to control lighting for all indoor and outdoor facilities. In addition, as all lighting can be switched off remotely via smartphone after training, recreational sports fields can eliminate the need for an employee to be on-site during all opening hours. In addition, the system has the ability to build reports on lighting and energy usage, giving data and intelligence with which to reduce energy costs and make more informed operational decisions.

Soccer club Sparta’25 – based in Beek en Donk in the South of the Netherlands – has installed Philips PerfectPlay to transform the club’s operations and sports offerings. Club manager, Brechje Biemans comments, “We have installed 1.5 training fields with 18 Philips OptiVision LED gen2 floodlights. Thanks to the system, we can easily and flexibly control the LED lighting on each sports field. Also, with the Philips PerfectPlay panel installed in the dressing rooms, you can change to another light setting in a split second.

“Above all, Philips PerfectPlay will allow us to be more customer-led in the services we offer to our 1,000+ members,” she adds.

“There are more than two million recreational sports fields globally, and yet less than 1% of them benefit from LED lighting cost savings and easy controllability,” says Ronnie Koster, global head of arena and sports lighting at Philips Lighting. “Philips Lighting is leading a digital revolution in recreational sports with Philips PerfectPlay, giving club managers a unique opportunity to reduce pitch lighting energy bills by 70-80% compared with conventional lighting while providing high-quality light. The quality of light is important and can be the difference between a good and bad match experience. In addition, our luminaires and light settings are designed to reduce light pollution in residential areas while widening access to sport in the local community.”

John Cuppen, operations manager at Heijmans Wegen BV Techniek & Mobiliteit, the installer for the implementation of Philips PerfectPlay at Sparta’25 adds, “With pressure on municipality funding for recreational sports facilities, Philips PerfectPlay demonstrates genuine innovation in how sports facilities can now use lighting to streamline operations – not to mention the ability to drastically reduce energy costs. The system also gives us perfect opportunities to support Sparta’25 with fast, proactive maintenance. It enables us to remotely monitor the performance and energy consumption of the LED lighting and consult Sparta’25 on how to use the LED lighting in the most effective way.”

May 31, 2017

Written by Matt Ross


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