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    Balancing performance lighting and natural needs at Red Bull Football Academy

     

    February 12, 2020

     

    The training grounds of the Red Bull Football Academy in Salzburg, Austria have been outfitted with environmentally friendly floodlights from Signify and STICH
     

    Salzburg’s Red Bull Football Academy is a top-notch training facility, with graduates of its programmes plying their trades in top-flight leagues around the globe.

     

    Providing their students with superior training in optimal conditions is their number one goal, but the academy also sought a way to carry on late-night and early-morning trainings that weren’t disruptive to the nocturnal creatures populating the surrounding area.

     

    Enter Signify and floodlighting specialist STICH.

    Sadio Mané, former Red Bull Salzburg player CREDIT: The Kop Times
    Sadio Mané, former Red Bull Salzburg player CREDIT: The Kop Times

    Balancing performance lighting and natural needs


    Artificial light from outdoor facilities – such as sporting grounds – is often a challenge for nocturnal animals and insects: light pollution alters the nighttime habitat, negatively impacting reproduction behaviors and reducing populations.  

     

    For example, insects such as moths are highly sensitive to lighting with a high proportion of blue in the color spectrum. The Vereins zum Schutz der Umwelt (Association for the Protection of the Environment) recommends warm white light tones that don’t exceed 3,000 Kelvin.
     

    The Signify headlights are part of the first LED floodlight system in Austria meeting these special requirements.

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    Functional, efficient, and nature friendly floodlights


    In addition to the environmental aspect, the academy’s LED floodlights offer advantages compared to conventional floodlights. These include lower energy consumption, a longer life, and less glare for residents and the environment. These floodlights demonstrate how it’s possible to meet customer needs while at the same time respecting the environment.

    These floodlights demonstrate how it’s possible to meet customer needs while at the same time respecting the environment."

    For Signify, this isn’t the first case of animal-friendly lights. In 2018 the Dutch town of Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop installed bat-friendly lights, emitting a red color and using a wavelength that doesn’t interfere with the bat’s internal compass, fundamental for safe nighttime navigation.
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    From bats to moths to people, Signify’s lighting solutions can meet the needs of multiple parties. And for the Red Bull Football Academy, their on-pitch wins now translate into a win for the surrounding winged creatures, who can now conduct their nightly business unbothered.

    About the author:

    Darko Monzio Compagnoni


    Darko Monzio Compagnoni

     

    Integrated Communications

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17
    Email: neil.pattie@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 32,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three years in a row. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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