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CARBON8LIGHTING SPEEDS THINGS UP FOR GLASGOW TIGERS SPEEDWAY TEAM

Following an announcement by the owners of the Glasgow Tigers speedway track, Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow, it was decided to move racing to Saturday evenings, moving from the club’s traditional Sunday afternoon race day.

With the aim of increasing attendance they believed that moving the racing to evenings would appeal to a wider audience, growing the number of supporters and increasing revenues.

The track was in need of a major refurbishment and as well as a major overhaul of all facilities, a key part of this renovation would be the replacement of the existing inadequate track lighting.

The existing lighting, a mixture of 250W and 400W SON flood lights, was producing nowhere near the required light levels on the track to offer safe visibility for the riders along with great viewing for spectators.

The search went out for a lighting manufacturer that could supply high quality light fittings and a lighting design to meet the unique demands required for this unusual project.

Enter Carbon8Lighting.

This was an unusual project for Carbon8, not only because it was the first speedway track project the company had worked on, but also, as is often the case with sports lighting, because there was no tangible return on investment consideration on the project. The brief was to provide suitable light levels on the track while minimising light spillage onto the grass infield.

After the site surveys were carried out Carbon8 went away and produced a computerised light simulation for the speedway track. Carbon8 found the perfect solution, using 65 of its 200W Discus Flood Light with a combination of three different lenses. There were many unusual factors to consider with this project including having to avoid any fitting facing the riders and potentially causing dangerous glare.

Carbon8Lightings Trevor Jacobs, who managed the project design, spent a  lot of time researching and was aided with light level guidance given by Speedway GB.

The installation required each of the 65 fittings to be positioned with pin point accuracy, a task carried out by Glasgow based Universal Electrics. To aid this, Carbon8 provided detailed lighting installation plans along with a laser pointer that was attached to each fitting to ensure the accurate positioning. The combination of three different lens beam angles and the pin point positioning of each fitting has resulted in great light levels on the track with minimal spillage.

Carbon8’s unique Discus Flood light offers an unparalleled combination of performance, quality and flexibility.

With a choice of five unique precision lenses that have been specifically designed for the Discus Floodlight, light output is guided to exactly where it’s required, perfect for what the Tigers needed. This superb accuracy maximises efficacy while minimising secondary glare and light pollution.

The lighting project was unveiled on the 1st April 2017 at the first Saturday evening racing event of the season, much to the delight of the owners, Michael and Gerry Facenna. Carbon8Lighting’s sales director Simon Miles and Trevor Jacobs also attended this evening and were met with many compliments and excellent feedback regarding the lighting project.

The fittings were provided with Carbon8Lighting’s unique 5 Year Premier Care Warranty package. This warranty offers customer assurance that once the fitting is purchased and installed, there will be no surprise costs throughout the 5 year warranty.  Should a fitting fail at any point during the 5 year warranty, a replacement fitting will be sent to site in advance, and once exchanged, Carbon8Lighting will come and collect the failed fitting. IN addition Carbon8Lighting will provide up to £250+VAT towards the cost of the exchange of any failed fitting.

Carbon8Lighting works on lighting projects of all sizes and it is particularly satisfying for the lighting design team when tasked with a number of unusual design requirements and limitations, to come up with the result that absolutely matches the brief.

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