Wimbledon Goes with LED Lighting

Musco LED lighting installed at Wimbledon -- Center Court with retractable roof in place

Officials from the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) did not want to take any chances in selecting LED lighting for Wimbledon. Back in 2014, they decided to transition the lighting at Centre Court to an LED system. Project leaders knew they needed a highly customized lighting solution that could adapt to and meet the facility’s exact needs. Wimbledon and officials from the AELTC previously worked Musco on Centre Court’s lighting system.

The officials were familiar with Musco’s experience and expertise and decided that Musco was the right partner for the project.
While the officials trusted Musco, they wanted to see firsthand what how its LED lighting system worked at a tennis stadium.
So, the officials visited the USTA’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City—home of the U.S. Open. At the Arthur Ashe Stadium that got to witness the performance of Musco’s Total Light Control–TLC for LED™ technology, which the stadium installed there the previous year.

The visit was just part of more than two years’ of research, planning, and testing including Musco creating a mock-up of Centre Court’s at its plant in Muscatine for testing with a television crew from the U.K. After the installation, AELTC even brought in professional tennis players to review the lights that went into the project.

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Wimbledon has already experienced several benefits from the LED technology. First, the LEDs can turn on instantly and do not require time to warm up or cool down. The instant on and off capability allows the resuming of play more quickly.

Secondly, the system provides high CRI as well as superior light control and uniformity for enhanced HD broadcasts. Musco claims that its TLC for LED™ technology virtually eliminates glare for players and spectators.

Other benefits of the technology come from its long-term operation. The AELTC expects to realize a 10-year ownership savings of more than $204,500. Also, the new TLC for LED system is backed by Musco’s 10-year warranty covering parts and labor.
The warranty relieves the AELTC from having to worry about maintenance over the long term.