In a move to keep Lord’s at the forefront of cricket and in time for the ICC World Twenty20 in June, the four custom-designed floodlights feature state-of-the-art telescopic functionality that is unique to Abacus Lighting. The masts can be extended to 48 metres when in use and retracted to just over 29 metres when not in use, a solution provided by world-leading lighting specialists Abacus Lighting.
With full touch-screen operation, the lights take just 20 minutes to be fully extended for use from switch-on and provide a lighting level of 2,200 lux inside the ground. Out of season the headframes are removed.
John Stephenson, Head of Cricket at the MCC commented: “After 222 years of Lord’s and just days before the start of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup on the 5th June, the new lights are an important step forward as part of our future vision for the improvement of Lord’s.”
Andrew Morris-Richardson, Director at Abacus Lighting commented: “We are delighted to have taken Lord’s, the home of cricket, into the next level of world class sport through the installation of new floodlights. The whole Abacus team is proud to have created this stunning solution for such an iconic venue through the culmination of innovative thinking, excellence in manufacturing and state-of-the-art technology. It will take pride of place in our bourgeoning international sporting portfolio.”
Former England cricketer and current Managing Director of Cricket at Middlesex CCC, Angus Fraser, said: “This is a huge step forward not just for everyone involved in Lord’s, the MCC and Middlesex CCC, but for everyone involved in cricket. As a former cricketer, I can say that playing at Lord’s is the pinnacle of your career, and the new floodlights produce a level of light that allows matches to be played into the evening with no detriment to the standard of play – truly remarkable.”
The head frame design of each floodlight mounts 100 Challenger 3 floodlights and cowls, with each 2kw day-light lamp producing 220,000 lumens to meet the lux standards necessary for HDTV broadcast. The innovative design has been developed to fit aesthetically within the ground. The curved design of the head frames takes it cue from the modernist lines of the Lord’s Media Centre.
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