Hockey Astro at Paarl Boys’ High School

LED floodlighting for prestigious school’s hockey field

2018 was a special year for Paarl Boys’ High School, as they celebrated their 150th anniversary! As part of this celebration, the school completed their new Astro hockey field, which also included the floodlighting.

Located at the foot of Paarl Mountain, this school is one of the oldest in South Africa and steeped in tradition. However, this does not stop them to stay ahead of the times. As part of the hockey field build, floodlighting was included in this prestigious project. The recently launched OMNIBLAST-E was the floodlight of choice. A mixture of OMNIBLAST-1-E and OMNIBLAST-2-E LED floodlights were installed to get the desired illuminance level on the field.

The benefits of LED technology were recognised, thus enabling instant strike when switched on. LED floodlights can also easily be dimmed to the required lighting levels using DALI controls. Three switching stages were set: Stage 1 at 75 Lux, Stage 2 at 150 Lux, and Stage 3 at 350 Lux. The biggest advantage of using DALI for dimming in this application, is that the high uniformity level remains at dimming stages, as opposed to switching luminaires off to reduce light levels but compromising uniformity. In addition, using DALI dimmable control gear results in even further energy savings that this technology already provides when compared to traditional light sources. Other benefits include prolonged LED lifetime and no maintenance.

The locally manufactured OMNIBLAST-E is the ideal tool for sports venues and other very large area applications that require a lighting solution with the highest efficiency and flexibility to adapt to the different lighting needs. Available in three sizes, this new LED lighting solution offers an alternative with proven benefits for traditional fixtures fitted with 600W to 2000W HID lamps. A modular concept of optical units means that 1, 2 or 3 modules can be mounted on a similar bracket arrangement to offer the utmost versatility, providing light distributions and lumen packages perfectly adapted to the specifications of the area to be lit. The OMNIBLAST-E incorporates a patented cooling technology that maximises its lifespan and lumen output.

We locally develop and manufacture energy-efficient LED lighting products, designed and suitable for local conditions. We are very proud to be associated with Paarl Boys’ High School and Eimac Consulting Engineers in providing a successful floodlighting solution for this prestigious project.

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Paarl Boys’ High School
Eimac Consulting Engineers