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Behold the lights of Manuka

By johnboy - 14 December 2012 37

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Holden Caulfield has sent this in:

I took this snap of the Manuka Oval light tower on my commute to work this morning.

There’s another tower going up today according to Andrew Barr.

Completion and first tests expected to take place in mid-January.

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Behold the lights of Manuka
c_c™ 6:27 pm 14 Dec 12

Deref said :

The light spill from sporting field floodlights is a bloody abomination. Surely it’s possible to design them so that they light the ground and not the sky.

Lights like these in stadiums are typically very precisely focused, each bulb covering a certain segment of the field. But there will always be some spillage of the light, short of covering the whole bloody thing.

Stop being so precious about it.

aussielyn 4:54 pm 14 Dec 12

LDA and Manuka Oval management came to an ISCCC Committee meeting. As I recall there were concerns raised about light spillage on Canberra Ave and possible distraction by the lights of drivers. The main concern was the safety issue of parking on the Canberra Ave median strip. Telopea Park school ovals cannot be used for parking after rain because they will be ploughed up.

The possibility of better park & ride facilities was raised and we were promised a traffic report.

The effects of the lights can only be gauged once they are all on and tested for TV transmission.

The LDA has been trying to do a land swap with the Canberra Services Club so they can develop the site. If the amenity of the neighbouring apartments is adversely affected and not fixed any future developments may be difficult to market.

watto23 4:37 pm 14 Dec 12

Deref said :

The light spill from sporting field floodlights is a bloody abomination. Surely it’s possible to design them so that they light the ground and not the sky.

Actually these lights were designed to meet building and lighting constraints. They are lower than your typical lights and are more directed at the field than typical stadium lighting.

Roundhead89 4:34 pm 14 Dec 12

I don’t like it. It looks like a giant fly swatter. Surely they could have made it prettier?

Chop71 4:27 pm 14 Dec 12

Deref said :

The light spill from sporting field floodlights is a bloody abomination. Surely it’s possible to design them so that they light the ground and not the sky.

Nimby count = 2

dtc 2:24 pm 14 Dec 12

Deref said :

The light spill from sporting field floodlights is a bloody abomination. Surely it’s possible to design them so that they light the ground and not the sky.

Well, to play sports you need to light the field at least 50m into the air (maybe more for cricket). And if you shone the lights directly at the field, then anyone at field level looking up gets the lights straight in their eyes.

Although I’m pretty sure that no one has thought about the issue before, perhaps you should contact the experts and let them see the error of their ways.

Deref 1:23 pm 14 Dec 12

The light spill from sporting field floodlights is a bloody abomination. Surely it’s possible to design them so that they light the ground and not the sky.

aussielyn 12:33 pm 14 Dec 12

I did notice the bogong moths fluttering around the lights for a night game at the Narrabundah Ball Park a few weeks ago.

I wonder how this affects quality of the TV image and how they adjust for the flickering. Canberra Stadium must have this issue to manage.

vg 12:11 pm 14 Dec 12

M0les said :

woppadingo said :

Not only does this fella hate Rugby League, he must also hold some grudge against the folks of the inner south.

Which fella? Barr? I can’t comment about Rugby, but implementing a long-needed improvement to Manuka Oval is strange way to bear a grudge.

He said Rugby League, not Rugby. There is a sporting and cultural difference of a significant scale

zorro29 11:49 am 14 Dec 12

yes i saw this yesterday on my jog and kind of did a double take…i was thinking, how did i miss that everyday?? glad it’s only new 🙂 certainly stands out

M0les 11:40 am 14 Dec 12

woppadingo said :

Not only does this fella hate Rugby League, he must also hold some grudge against the folks of the inner south.

Which fella? Barr? I can’t comment about Rugby, but implementing a long-needed improvement to Manuka Oval is strange way to bear a grudge.

M0les 11:38 am 14 Dec 12

Cool! Looks like a giant wok-spoon!

rosscoact 11:31 am 14 Dec 12

Awww, Manuka is all grown up, it has a sporting field that doesn’t have to shut after 5pm.

Added bonus, it sends the good burgers the inner south into paroxysms of rage that they have to put up with plebs coming in and watching night time sport.

Chop71 11:28 am 14 Dec 12

woppadingo said :

Not only does this fella hate Rugby League, he must also hold some grudge against the folks of the inner south.

Are you a nimby?

woppadingo 10:28 am 14 Dec 12

Not only does this fella hate Rugby League, he must also hold some grudge against the folks of the inner south.

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