Innovation, marketing excellence and customer service are the three integral concepts at Philips Lighting, says the Dutch lighting giant, which claims to hold a leading position in the global lighting market.
The company – which showcased its innovation at the Lightstyle Gulf Light last month and the Middle East Electricity earlier this year – has recently been involved in one of the landmark projects in the region: the Khalifa Olympic stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Philips developed a lighting design for the Khalifa Olympic stadium, which will be the main facility hosting the closing ceremony as well as the finals for football and athletics for the Asian Games 2006 in Doha. The Asian Games – the second biggest sports event in the world – will see the participation of some 10,000 athletes in 403 events in 38 different sports.
Elaborating on the project, a spokesman for the company says: “While developing an optimum sports lighting solution for this state-of-the-art stadium, due consideration was given to the placement of luminaries on the canopy in order to avoid a disturbing glare for the goalkeeper and also to respect the day-time aesthetics of the sophisticated architecture.
“The lighting solution has been realised with the innovative Philips ArenaVision luminaries, which create daylight at the stadium after sunset and provide the perfect conditions for players, spectators and top-quality TV viewing.”
“On the field of play (FOP – considered to be the sports field, including football plus athletics track and field, plus the area up to the first row of spectator seating), the lighting solution from Philips offers an average vertical luminance of 1,400 lux towards all the four vertical planes (+/- X, +/-Y) and an average vertical luminance of 1,800 lux towards the main camera and over 1,600 lux for other secondary cameras.
“This ensures high-quality colour images not only of the overall action but also of the slow-motion replays and player close-ups, which are an important means of conveying the emotions and atmosphere in the stadium to millions of viewers watching at home,” he explains.
A total of 600 ArenaVision MVF 403 MHNSA 2000 W have been used for sports lighting and a further 72 of the uplighting version of ArenaVision have been utilised for architectural lighting of the arches and other steel structures. The sports and architectural lighting for this stadium consume a total of around 1.6 MW of power, he says.
Philips Lighting – which has traditionally held close links with the world of sports – has designed and supplied lighting systems for almost every major sporting event since the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, the spokesman points out.
Among the latest innovations from Philips Lighting is LEDline2 – a new linear LED-based floodlighting range for illuminating and enhancing both contemporary and historical architecture. The controlled soft-wash effect of LEDline2 creates planes of light, transforming surfaces with colour, so that at night the light appears to become an integral element of the architecture.
The spokesman elaborates: “As night falls, the architecture of a town or city is expressed through light rather than structure. With the lighting designer seeking to orchestrate the nightscape, Philips has expanded the tonal palette with LEDline2, which provides designers with an additional set of tools to turn their creative vision into reality.
“It offers lighting designers a virtually unlimited range of options for creating appealing light effects. For example, color contrast using a red/blue combination, transforms the floor with swathes of light. Strong clarity and continuity of colour gives objects a very artistic impact.
“LEDline2 is a versatile range of floodlights that allows light to fill or underline, graze or pinpoint, mark or blend. Available in four colours plus white, the linearity of LEDline2 complements the geometry of the architecture, turning surfaces into ‘curtains’ of light and transforming light into objects. In short, LEDline2 represents a new language in outdoor lighting.”
“Precision beam control enables the designer to generate precise blocks of light and colour to highlight form and structure. The LEDline2 range represents a perfect combination of high-power Luxeon LEDs, dedicated optics, high-quality materials and lighting electronics. The range comprises three unique models for the widest possible coverage of grazing-light applications. LEDline2 features the latest technical innovations to facilitate installation, including an integrated power supply and all versions are dimmable as an option: with 0-10 V or Dali,” he adds.
“Containing high-power Luxeon LEDs – a revolutionary energy-efficient and ultra-compact new light source combining the lifetime and reliability of light-emitting diodes with the brightness of conventional lighting – the LEDline2 range features precise light distribution, uniform illuminance, and is ideal for scene setting. To further extend the application possibilities, the LEDline2 family includes a selection of secondary optic that widens the beam.
“As the LEDline2 module is available in different lengths, the luminaire installation can be tailored exactly to the architectural structure,” the spokesman concludes.