Thorn Lighting Illuminates Derby Arena

Thorn Lighting Illuminates Derby Arena

Derby Arena is a multi-use sports facility, velodrome and arena, situated right next to the Pride Park Stadium. There are around 4500 spectator seats. It’s been hosting major events in various sports, including cycling, since hosting the opening round of the 2015-16 Revolution Series, with big names like Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish making appearances.


The velodrome track has become the Midlands new hub for track cycling. Other sports can also be hosted there like badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and martial arts. Other events like car shows or pantomimes also take place within the space. With all the different zones and uses, the lighting had to be planned an executed very carefully.


Lighting Choices

Thorn’s Mundial 1KW and Troika 400W floodlights illuminate the velodrome track, which also benefits from three light switching levels of 600 lux, 300 lux and 100 lux to efficiently meet the lighting requirements for its varying uses, which range from competition to training.  Mundial is a high power floodlight for sport and large area illumination applications while Troika is an asymmetric ‘flat glass’ floodlight with four different light distributions for each lamp option and a broad selection of attachments.  Thorn’s luminaires provide the required colour temperature of 5600K, a colour rendering index of 90 and uniformity level of 0.76 and all of the track floodlights are tilted no higher than 65° for good glare control.


Titus Sport, a robust dedicated sports hall luminaire with T16 (T5) fluorescent lamps, has been used to illuminate the infield sports area, providing an illuminance level of 500 lux and uniformity ranging from 0.8 to 0.95. The infield area also has separate switching to accommodate the volleyball, basketball and badminton courts. Not only does this save energy by only using the required lighting but it also provides more focus for players and spectators. The switching arrangement is specifically positioned to accommodate the demands of each field of play and sporting activity, ensuring lighting is appropriate and comfortable for players. This is particularly important for overhead sports such as badminton as overhead lighting would cause glare and discomfort.


The indoor areas of the facility have been illuminated using Impact force, a high performance, IP65, impact resistant luminaire with a GRP canopy, Piazza, a stylish, robust, wall mounted vandal resistant luminaire and Duoproof, a sealed, IP65 rated, recessed fluorescent luminaire with welded frame corners that provide a smooth and easy to clean surface.

Satisfied Customers

The arena functions perfectly while hosting both sporting and entertainment events. Chris Pilkington of Derry Building Services commented, ‘Set up and completion was carried out in a very professional and considered manner. The lighting is extremely well suited to the particular challenges of lighting a modern world class velodrome and sporting facility”.

Thorn Lighting are experts at planning and executing lighting designs, however big the project. Get in touch with Thorn Lighting to discuss a project or get more information:

Tel: 01388 420042


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