Client: Western Sydney Wanderers & Blacktown City Council
Location:   Blacktown, NSW
Year Completed:   2020

Project Description

Complete design and construct, from initial concept to delivery of the project.

    • Lighting & Luminaire Selection
    • 200 lux Lighting for 6 x training fields.
    • 500 lux Lighting for 2 x premier fields.
    • Touch screen lighting control system.
    • Pole locations & heights.
    • Electrical cabling and underground infrastructure.
    • New 1200.amp Custom Main Switchboard.
    • Tactical Cameras.
    • Speaker & PA System.
    • Area and pathway lighting.
    • Car Park lighting.
    • Power to office and change room buildings.

    As per the guidelines set out by Football NSW, adequate lighting for football fields is now an essential element in the ongoing viability of any venue.

Key Standards for football lighting

AS 2560.1 – 2002 Sports lighting Part 1: General Principles
AS 2560.2.3 – 2007 Specific Applications – Lighting for football (all codes)
AS 4282 – 1997 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting
See www.standards.org.au

The Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) contains lighting recommendations and requirements specific to football to ensure that the ball is adequately illuminated at all times while in play (this information must be accessed directly from the Australian Standards website www.standards.org.au).

The standard deals with training and competition and takes into consideration spectator viewing requirements.

The standards contain information about maintained horizontal luminance (lux), minimum horizontal
uniformities (U1 & U2) and maximum glare rating. These properties vary depending on whether the level of play is recreational, amateur or semi–professional.

Football NSW has adopted the Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) as the basis for match lighting
requirements by football for affiliated competitions.

Illuminance Requirements

Uniformity ratios are an important part of a complete set of lighting criteria and can have a positive effect on the quality of lighting installations. Adequate uniformity is required to create balanced lighting conditions so that people’s eyes do not have to continually adapt to a different light level. The Minimum Horizontal Uniformities are given in two ratios, each providing a numerical representation of the uniformity of illuminance over a given area.

This may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to average (U1) or it may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to maximum (U2) level of illumination for a given area. For example, (U1) club competition and match play minimum uniformity equals 0.5. The lowest level of illumination should not be less than 50% of average (U1) or 30% (U2) of the maximum level of illumination.

Football NSW Technical Lighting Requirements

The Field of Play of Clubs in 1st Grade, U20, U18 and U16 of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 must have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting luminance of 200 lux, regardless of nomination to play day or night fixtures.

Stadiums used in all other competitions will only require the minimum 200 lux standard should they nominate to play night matches.

Matches involving grassroots clubs in the Waratah Cup may be played on fields that have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting luminance of 100 lux which is the standard for grassroots competition matches.

Warm-Up Area Lighting

The Warm-up Areas of Clubs in 1st Grade, U20, U18 and U16 of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 must have a maintained average horizontal floodlighting illuminance of 50 lux, regardless of nomination to play day or night fixtures.

Stadiums used in all other competitions will only require the minimum 50 lux standard for warm-up areas should they nominate to play night matches.

Stadium Lighting

At all Stadiums which host night fixtures, general lighting to seating and pedestrian pathways must be provided.

General lighting must conform to all applicable safety standards.

It is the Club’s responsibility to ensure the Stadium lighting, including emergency lighting in case of loss of power or evacuation, meets the required standards.

More guidelines provided by Football NSW here https://footballfacilities.com.au/football-lighting/