Philips expertise in sports lighting

May 24, 2012

Sports television is increasingly becoming a blend of entertainment, drama and sport and the production style dictates the lighting requirements. Light is very important for players of the sports game, because light may not dazzle the players and they may not see any shadows on the field, because this can distract them of the game. In fact, light must be unobtrusive so that the players and referees can deliver the best performance. For spectators light is important to clearly see what is going on from every seat at every occasion. For advertisers light can create ideal conditions of visibility, because the color fidelity is very important to promote brand identity.

When designing lighting for world-class sporting venues, not only is it important to consider the needs of the sportsmen, women and referees, but also the spectators and viewers at home, creating the perfect conditions for film and photography, enabling camera crews to capture sharper images that comply with today’s High Definition Television (HDTV) standards.

There is no doubt that the television medium is an important factor in the global popularity of sport events. Basically, good television pictures depend on good lighting; a subtle balance of light and shade, a combination of art and technology. The design of which has to result in lighting that encompasses the drama of the sporting action and portrays the human experience.

In addition to the television system equipment and production team at the event, high-quality lighting is a key factor in ensuring the highest broadcasting picture quality. For world-class television broadcasts, the lighting has to create an environment that meets the increasing demands of modern cameras in terms of light level, colour, uniformity and modeling. At any position of the field of play the lighting has to produce natural three-dimensional visual sensations of action and there are international broadcast guidelines in place to ensure good lighting conditions for the athletes, the officials and the spectators.

The key issues are the quality aspects of lighting, such as colour rendering, consistency of colour temperature, light control and uniformity. It is these factors, combined with the light level, which determine whether the lighting installation is good or not.

Lighting for every sport
Philips Lighting is the world expert in sports lighting. And Philips Lighting is the only technical partner of Sports Federations to define optimum lighting requirements for every sport. Philips Lighting has long pioneered lighting innovation in sports, from the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo to the first Formula One (F1) night race that took place in Singapore on 28 September 2008.

For years, Philips has been the technical partner of international sports federations such as IAAF (athletics), and FIBA (basketball). Through these partnerships, Philips has helped to draw up official specifications and guidelines for floodlighting in sporting venues. Philips can create a unique experience in managing the complexity of multi-sports events like Olympic Games and cares for the total lighting solution: from design to commissioning.

  • Philips has the most reliable and efficient products.
  • Philips creates ideal conditions of visibility for those who experience sports facilities
  • Philips supplied the main venues for decades for the
    - Olympic Games, in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004.
    - In 2006, World Cup finals 8 out of the 12 stadiums in Germany were lit by Philips
    - In 2008 more than 80% of main stadiums are lit up by Philips products in China,
      12 new sports stadium in Beijing were built,11 sports stadiums were renovated,
      Philips facilitated 8temporary stadiums and 6 co-host cities outside Beijing.
    - In 2010, Philips new sport lighting systems were installed at six key stadiums in South Africa
    - Furthermore Philips Lighting has currently floodlit 70% of all UK Premier League Clubs
    - 55% of the world’s major football stadiums are lit by Philips

For further information, please contact:

Jeannet Harpe
Philips Lighting Corporate Communications
Tel: +31 653722221


Santa van der Laarse
Philips Corporate Communications
Tel: + 31 653400056


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