The SSE Arena, Wembley installs LED lighting system

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The SSE Arena, Wembley in London, is making an energy saving move by installing a brand-new LED lighting system at its auditorium.

The 12,000-capacity venue has staged some of the world’s biggest music, entertainment and sporting events and will now present acts in a new light as it replaces its old halogen lamps with LED units.

The move will not only provide greater illumination but will also help reduce operation costs, emissions and energy.

SSE Enterprise Contracting, one of the largest contracting businesses in the UK, was tasked with the install, which began in late 2018. The work included the removal of 99 x 1500W halogen lamps with an hourly power use of 148kW, which only gave 300 lx maximum across the auditorium floor. Once removed, the entire system was updated with 60 new LED lamp units.

The new units can provide up to 1500 lx across the auditorium floor and have a maximum power rating of 964W. This means that the auditorium can be lit to the same level as previously with halogen lamps, using just 5% of the available power. This will lead to an estimated £80,000 (US$104,000) saving per year in energy costs and maintenance requirements.

Peter Fewings, technical and building services director at the SSE Arena said, “We’re very happy with the install of the new lighting rig at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Not only are we saving in energy costs, but we can now also light the auditorium to a standard expected from major sporting events. We look forward to the new opportunities this system will open up to us as we continue to upgrade our lighting systems throughout the venue.”

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