Energy-saving lighting used at Rugby World Cup’s Kobe Misake Stadium


At the world’s biggest rugby tournament, one stadium will see the action played out under new LED lighting that will save the venue up to 45% in electricity costs.

The Kobe Misaki Stadium, which is also used for Japan’s professional soccer league, has had 404 new LEDs installed from Signify that brings it up to lighting standards required by rugby, as well as enable the stadium operators to control the system and put on light shows.

The Philips ArenaVision LEDs that have been installed, are controlled by Signify’s Interact Sports connected lighting system, creating spectacular light shows and allowing for the programming of multiple light scenes to adjust lighting standards to the different sports that are played in the stadium. The new LED lighting system in the 30,132 seats stadium was commissioned via an innovative method using robotic measurement and includes video aiming and laser scan.

By introducing Signify’s robotic measurement method, laser scanning and a video aiming system, the installation time was drastically shortened, and accuracy and quality were improved. The whole process from dismantling the HID luminaires to the installation of the upgraded LED system was completed in only 65 days. In addition, higher protection to the grass pitch was guaranteed during installation due to the robotic measurement.

“We’re very proud to light up Kobe Misaki stadium for the world’s biggest rugby tournament held in Japan,” said Thierry Jean Baptiste Chapiteau, global sub segment manager sports and arenas at Signify. “The players get perfect lighting on the field and the legion of rugby fans around the world, watching a match on TV, can see every detail in the highest definition. Fans in the stadium can enjoy light shows adding to the incredible atmosphere.”

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