A new lighting installation is brightening the prospects of aspiring sports stars thanks to an LED solution from MHA Lighting.

Hyndburn Leisure Centre is the largest leisure facility in the borough of Hyndburn, offering 80,000 local residents a huge range of sport and leisure activities.

Following National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund, Hyndburn Borough Council identified a number of ways to enhance the leisure centre’s facilities, including improving the quality of lighting for its users.

After researching various options, the Council was bowled over by MHA Lighting’s new LED technology – which offered the highest quality light uniformity and colour rendering for their busy leisure facility, as well as being extremely low glare.

With the beginning of a New Year beckoning, leisure centre bosses needed to complete improvement works before January 2015, which would see centre visitor numbers double.

The team at MHA sprung into action and designed a bespoke solution for the sports hall, installing 40 LightStar 205 LED luminaires into the pre-existing high bay infrastructure.

In doing so overall lighting energy consumption was reduced by 64% – providing a lifetime saving of £76,700 and a 266Tonne reduction in Co2. At the same time Lux levels in the area were improved, with the LightStar’s delivering 500 lux to the floor.

MHA has also installed a further 21 LED luminaires in the swimming pool area, reducing overall lighting energy consumption by 71%, making an annual energy bill saving of £5,200 in the pool area alone.

MHA Lighting MD Tom Harrison said: “Good lighting is paramount in most sports and leisure facilities and our unique technology provides an extremely low glare rating.

“MHA Lighting is the only known LED manufacturer to shine light sideways into an encapsulation creating Total Internal Reflection. This avoids direct eye-contact and provides a safe and efficient light output that we can direct precisely to any task area, which is essential for clients like Hyndburn Leisure Centre that need to provide the best environment possible for their members.

“Combining the high performance of our luminaire with un-rivalled light distribution enables us to install fewer fittings too, creating a multiplier effect in terms of energy savings and payback periods.

“We are delighted that this has been such a successful project for the council, who tell us that the leisure centre users are delighted with the new lighting.

“It is also extremely rewarding to see technology that was created in the North West being installed by a North West council. Local collaboration is not only key for reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint but for ensuring the success and growth of the region we work and play within.”