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New lights at Jubilee

Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

A light tower going up behind the bleachers yesterday at the Jubilee Oval. PICTURE: Emily McInerney A light tower going up behind the bleachers yesterday at the Jubilee Oval. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Four new light towers, worth over $600,000, have gone up around the Jubilee Oval as part of its redevelopment.

MBE Electrical and Lawrence Engineering were on hand to lift and install the new LED 30-metre tall towers that have replaced the six 15m towers used by football and cricket clubs for more than 35 years.

The old lights came down at the start of February.

AFL Broken Hill chairman Andrew Schmidt said they were originally looking to get the lights in on Wednesday and Thursday but with rain forecast they had to move quickly to get them in yesterday.

The new floodlights will consist of LED lighting at a minimum of 200 LUX, or triple the capacity of the old lights.

A new feature is that the individual spotlights on each tower can be computer-controlled, allowing them to be swivelled remotely to ensure there are no dark areas on the field.

Two of the floodlights will be positioned behind the north and south bleachers to make sure spectators don’t have their views blocked.

Matt Barrett, owner of MBE Electrical, said there were 12 lights per pole at 10,000 lumens per light.

Each light tower weighs five tonne dressed (with lights) and the lights are Thorn Champion Pro, he said.

The towers have a life expectancy of 70,000 hours.

“This is a major component of the $3 million project,” Mr Schmidt said.

“It’s a major stepping stone. We have so much night football and training, there will be a lot of benefit from these lights.

“We will also be able to revert to night cricket.

“We’ve also been able to triple the capacity of light and with LEDs it means less power and less spending.”

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