My name is Ian Taylor, i'm currently in my final year in sunny Manchester studying Design Engineering at MMU.
I've chosen to focus my final year project on LED lighting as I am very enthusiastic and interested in the subject.
I am going to develop a high-bay solution but with scope for adjusting the output to allow use in different spaces, and I am itching to get going properly on the design!
I am particularly interested and curious about the Philips Fortimo LED range and was thinking of incorporating one of these into my design.
So far the HBM looks like the best option, due to the high output and the diversity of the lamp.
Advice would be very much appreciated!! Thanks
Thanks for taking an interest!
Considering that the design is aimed at the near top end of the product range, I am going to consider aesthetics to a considerable amount; I'm leaning towards a sports hall/leisure space so far, i suppose because i'm getting excited about the 2012 London Olympics and have seen a few of the buildings!
I understand that different competitive levels need different light levels so a light engine with a degree of adaptability would be good? This would also help me make the design as flexible as possible so it can be used at different heights and in different venues (as a luminaire used in the velodrome would need to be different from a luminaire in the aquatics centre for example).
If you want to design a luminaire for sports you need to look at the European norm EN12193 which will give you the lighting levels to apply.
In fact for non-televised sports, the lighting levels depends on the type of sports and also the level of competition.
So for a sports hall you will need to create different switching modes in function of these parameters. With a LED product it could be done using dimming.
Regarding lighting distributions of a sports lighting luminaires (indoor & outdoor), you will need to design wide to narrow beams and also symmetrical and asymmetrical lighting distribution if you want to have a flexible luminaire.And you will also need different lumen ouput.
If you have other questions on this subject I willl be please to help you.
Thanks very much for the reply, that's some very useful information and will definitely be of help! The wide and narrow beams is a very good idea, and will add a mechanical aspect to the design which is cool.
The next stage of my project is the research stage, so i'll be testing different light engines against each other in brightness as well as the thermal properties and dimming. I will also carry out a questionnaire which i will take to different sports venues to work out the market needs.