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OSRAM goes ‘snooker loopy’ for the Crucible

Snooker's equivalent of Wimbledon Centre Court has been equipped with luminaires including OSRAM's COINlight-OSTAR LED modules, reports David Davies.

Snooker’s equivalent of Wimbledon Centre Court has been equipped with luminaires including OSRAM’s COINlight-OSTAR LED modules, reports David Davies. Built in 1971, Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre is best known for its long association with the World Snooker Championship – the event that provides the summit of the sport’s annual calendar.

The OSRAM technology – which encompasses LED modules and control gear – was specified by consulting mechanical and electrical engineers Michael Popper Associates and included in luminaires produced by lighting manufacturer Metro Ltd. High level of light output was among the factors informing the decision, while long lamp life was another important consideration as the fittings are sited in hard-to-reach locations.

Replacing an energy-intensive spec of more than 1,000 40W lamps, 756 OSRAM COINlight-OSTAR LED modules were installed in the main auditorium as part of a major renovation project. The new spec is expected to save at least 17 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Nick Walker at Michael Popper Associates noted: “We specified OSRAM’s OPTOTRONIC OT75 220-240/24V and OT-DIM electronic control gear which was used in a remote sheet metal box. This allowed the installation team at the facility to run six OSRAM COINlight-OSTAR lamps off one control gear box, thus reducing the amount of gearboxes in the ceiling void.”

Jason Hicklin, marketing manager – solid-state lighting at OSRAM, told IE: “The Crucible required an energy-efficient lighting solution that had long maintenance periods due to its high ceilings and our COINlight-OSTAR LED module was the perfect solution. Thanks to the inclusion of our highly efficient LED technology, the COINlight-OSTAR consumes far less energy than traditional light sources and has a much longer lifetime which makes it ideal for areas that are hard to access. OSRAM was pleased to work with Michael Popper Associates and Metro Ltd on this high-profile project using our latest LED technology.”

Image Credit: © James Stewart