Innovative bulb technology puts Rangers in energy spotlight
FROM this weekend, Ipswich will be home to the first sporting field in the Southern Hemisphere to be lit entirely by an environmentally friendly LED lighting system.
Parks, Sports and Recreation Committee Chairperson, Councillor David Morrison, said the rig being installed at the Rangers rugby field in Woodend will slash the cost of lighting the field with no loss of quality.
"In a competitive sporting match played in the evening adequate lighting is critical for teams to perform their best and for a safe sporting environment," Cr Morrison said.
"Until now, incandescent lighting was the only suitable system for sporting fields because of the higher strength output of the bulbs. But thanks to remarkable advances in lighting technology, LED has emerged as viable, longer lasting and cheaper.
"This is the same technology used to light Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Rotterdam cargo port and the 2013 European Hockey Cup, so we are extremely confident it will provide an excellent outcome for local sports teams.
"This system is also projected to save council $400,000 over the next 20 years.
"This saving is exciting because it is achieved through both lower power emissions and reduced maintenance costs because of the reduced need to change bulbs.
"One of the key ways that council can ensure that Ipswich is environmentally sustainable is through efficient use of energy.
"The LED lighting of the Rangers fields is a sustainability initiative that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Ipswich while ensuring the quality of our sporting fields.''