Andrew AllanProduct Design BSc
Lighting is critical for any stadium to provide a comfortable and engaging environment for spectators, players and delegates. For any venue the lighting design and installation of the luminaires needs to adhere to set criteria for lighting standards. This requires the lighting fixtures to be specifically aimed to precise points on the playing surface as intended by the lighting design; this process is known as commissioning. Innovation within this sector has been sorely lacking where improvements have been made to the luminaries but not how they are aimed, resulting in the existing methods of aiming sports floodlighting being outdated. This projects purpose is to improve the efficiency of commissioning lighting for sports venues, and ultimately reduce the manpower and cost. Orientating the lighting is one of several tasks needed to commission a stadium, however it accounts for a significant portion of commissioning time. Currently lighting engineers need to manually adjust and aim every luminaire to specific points on the playing surface; this is a manual task which usually requires the user to look though a telescopic sight which is temporarily attached onto the fixture. Pinpoint is a camera and software program which will provide an alternative method of aiming luminaires, by allowing the user to aim the lighting without the need for visual markers on the ground. This has the opportunity to revolutionise the future of commissioning for stadia lighting. Pinpoint should significantly reduce the time and manpower for commissioning stadium lighting by removing pre-setup requirements by providing real time directions on where to aim the luminaire. Philips has established themselves as a market leader for professional sports lighting and critically the adoption of the Pinpoint aiming system will cement their professional and technical innovation within the lighting industry and importantly to prospective clients.