Sunday, December 3, 2023

Club File: Maidenhead sees benefits of lighting change in energy bill crisis

Maidenhead HC expects to significantly reduce its energy bills – as well as helping umpires see – after investing nearly £50,000 in its foodlighting system.

Maidenhead invested £45,000 in re-camping its eight-column flood lighting system at Altwood School. The club has installed 28 LEDs, which produce a much whiter light more akin to daylight – with two settings, one for training and one for matches.

At a time when rising energy prices are regularly hitting the headlines, the club anticipates that this new, more energy efficient lighting, will result in annual cost savings of around 40 to 50 per cent.

In addition to reduced energy consumption and fuel bills, the new lighting offers some additional benefits to improved visibility and is set to greatly assist umpires during later afternoon/evening matches, as well as making it safer for the players on the pitch.

With a reduced light glow, the new lights also delivery significantly less light pollution — great news for the pitch’s neighbours and local nature.

One benefit to the club is the use of a smartphone app to switch the lights on and off remotely.

Jonathan Crowther, of Sports Pitch Consultants said: “The new lighting has been a significant investment for Maidenhead Hockey Club, but we are already reaping the benefits. It is so much safer for the players and their umpires are reporting how much easier it is for them to oversee the games. With their home pitch at Altwood School, it is great that the school will also now benefit.”

The club received five tenders ranging from £43k to £70k for the works and selected Christy Lighting as being the most appropriate supplier.

If your hockey club is threatened by the energy crisis, a lack of provision or closure due to council decisions? Please get in touch with us so we can raise your concern.

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