Osram illuminates 2012 European Football Championship

June 04, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Lighting technology ighting company Osram has installed the light technology in four stadiums for the European Football Championship, which is to be held in Poland and the Ukraine from June 8 to July 1, 2012. For the National Stadium in Warsaw, Osram will supply cutting-edge lighting solutions for the stadium façade, which is to be used as a gigantic screen. Along with Warsaw, the stadiums in Gdansk and Kiev will also be equipped with light solutions from Osram. A further one is planned in Lviv.

The outer façade of the National Stadium in Warsaw will be the high point of the Euro 2012. Some 1,700 LED lamps will light up the shell of the stadium in Poland's national colors of red and white, creating atmospheric light that is visible from far away. "We have transformed the façade into a giant screen on which we can display a range of light patterns, match scores and the names of players and goal keepers on the outside of the structure," explained Bogumil Stepan, Managing Director of Osram in Poland. The segments of the interwoven shell of the building are fitted with dimmable Linear XB 36 LED lamps which are anchored by specially developed holders, permitting uniform illumination of the individual panels. Unique effects can be created in combination with an intelligent light management system.

Innovative light technology from Osram is also to be used for floodlight illumination in Warsaw, where 450 energy-efficient, high-output lamps have been installed to light the pitch. The lighting system, which is being used in the European Championship stadium in Gdansk, too, complies with the requirements for HD-quality TV broadcasting, but without dazzling the spectators in the stands.

The other country hosting the 2012 European Championship, the Ukraine, is also using Osram lighting in two of its stadiums. Specially converted for the 2012 championships, the Olympic Stadium in Kiev can accommodate around 66,000 visitors and will be hosting the finals. Almost 30,000 high-output LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors have been installed for the illumination of the stairs in the entrance area and for decorative light design in the bar area.

It is also planned to install LED lighting systems in Lviv where they would provide architectural illumination for the European Championship stadium. Meanwhile, a total of 2,000 meters of the LED Linearlight Flex strip, with its low consumption and outstanding flexibility, should bring modern LED light to even the most secluded corners of the