SSE Arena, Wembley boosted by new lighting system

The SSE Arena, Wembley venue in London has been fitted with a new house lighting system that is set to lower costs and reduce emissions in its 12,000-capacity auditorium.

It is hoped the new system will open up the arena to potential new revenue streams from major sporting events. The system has been fitted by UK-based contracting business SSE Enterprise Contracting.

The installation process began in late 2018 and saw the removal of 99 x 1500w halogen lamps with an hourly power use of 148KW, which only gave 300 maximum LUX across the auditorium floor. The entire system has now been updated with 60 new LED lamp units, which can provide up to 1,500LUX across the auditorium floor and have a maximum power rating of 964W.

As a result, the auditorium can be lit to the same level as previously with halogen lamps but use just five per cent of the available power. It is estimated that the arena will save £80,000 (€93,000/$104,000) per year in energy costs and maintenance requirements.

Peter Fewings, technical and building services director at The SSE Arena, Wembley, 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.”

Image: SSE Arena, Wembley