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Aces back on track with lighting control

As British speedway team Belle Vue Aces continues to get its season back on track following the threat of closure late last year, it is also providing fans with a more enlightening race day experience after installing a range of standalone lighting controls and a fully addressable lighting control system from CP Electronics.

The club’s future was placed in limbo at the end of the 2015-2016 season following financial difficulties but after being placed into new ownership, the Aces embarked upon an ambitious new stadium build to qualify for the current season, which it has already started brightly. Key to the club operating as a more cost-effective business is the installation of a range of lighting controls from CP Electronics, which will provide greater energy efficiency for the club during race nights.

As part of its £8million new stadium build and the creation of a brand-new race track, Belle Vue Aces has also invested in new technologies to deliver greater energy efficiency and monitored usage in its banqueting suite, storeroom facilities, washrooms, amongst other areas. This is in addition to adding energy control functionality to its new National Basketball Performance Centre, located just past the race track in Belle Vue Village.  Not only will these controls help to ensure that lighting is only being switched on when used, but they will also deliver an enhanced environment for spectators visiting the sporting complex. 

The developers hads wanted to ensure that the running costs of this multi-purpose facility were kept as low as possible in order for the club to remain profitable over the next few years. By regulating and monitoring energy usage across the sports village with the range of intelligent energy controls, they can be confident that they are only paying for energy that is being used, and minimising wastage as much as possible.

Key to this efficient energy usage is the installation of CP’s fully addressable RAPID lighting control system in the stadium’s upstairs rooms, notably its large banqueting suite. The networked solution combines state-of-the-art technology and modular mechanics, with an easy to use graphical interface. It has been installed alongside the company’s EBR-4SC scene plate, which can be easily programmed and customised by the end user, to provide dimmable lighting performance and scene setting, depending on how the suite is being used. 

A key feature of CP’s range is the fact its products have been designed with both the end user and the contractor in mind. Not only do they deliver proven energy savings, but they are relatively simple to install, with many providing instant plug and play functionality, and simple push button set up.


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