New Delhi – Philips, India's leading lighting company has reached yet another landmark in their journey with the largest stadium in India and the second largest in the world - the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, by revamping the stadium's lighting. The stadium is now all geared up to host the opening ceremony of the IPL on April 2, 2013, offering an enhanced experience for all.
The Salt Lake stadium was first illuminated by Philips in 1984 for the inaugural Nehru Gold Cup Football Championship, and now, after almost 30 years, Philips was selected again for rejuvenating the stadium. According to, Jyotishman Chatterjee, CEO, Salt Lake Stadium, "we are glad about our decision to work with Philips for installing crisper, whiter and brighter lights as per 'Class V' – the highest standards for lighting systems under the FIFA guidelines. The lighting system installed will meet the needs of broadcasters, spectators, players and officials without spilling light into the environment and without disturbing the local community. One huge benefit of this project is that the new lighting system will enable High Definition transmission of events and matches which will take place in the stadium henceforth".
Speaking on the occasion, Nirupam Sahay, President, Philips Lighting India, said, "We are delighted to have won the project in the competitive bidding and associate with Salt Lake stadium and Mackintosh Burn Limited to provide state of the art lighting solution. Philips takes pride in enhancing the look of heritage and iconic properties with its advanced lighting solutions. This time we have given a new look to the Salt Lake Stadium, which is of the best of international standards. With the new Arena Vision luminaires, we have increased the illumination intensity without compromising on energy consumption and light pollution".
The new lighting solution at the stadium has increased the illumination level to 3500 lux, which is nearly thrice the previous lux level of 1200. The new generation double ended short arc metal halide lamps that have been used have a much higher Colour Rendering Index and Colour Temperature, making the lighting installation suitable for HDTV telecast. Football is a popular game which has international audience and this is a big step in the direction of making the TV viewership of the matches a spectacular experience.
As a global leader in lighting, Philips has also to its credit the lighting of other world-renowned sports sites. Philips Lighting has long pioneered lighting innovation in sports, from the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo, in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. In 2006, World Cup Soccer finals 8 out of the 12 stadiums in Germany were lit by Philips. Furthermore Philips Lighting has currently floodlit 70% of all UK Premier League Clubs and 55% of the world's major football stadiums are lit by Philip. Philips ArenaVision sports floodlighting system has been installed at Soccer City, Ellis Park, Royal Bafokeng, Moses Mabhida, Peter Mokaba and Nelson Mandela stadiums to name a few.