DC Lighting Services Ltd

1B Ainslie Street
West Pitkerro Industrial Estate
Dundee, DD5 3RR
Tel : 01382 738 236


Dundee United Football Stadium, Tannadice Park, had formerly been lit with 2Kw MBIL lamps manufactured by Thorn. The corner column solution comprised of 48 floodlights per tower, totalling 192 lamps. Since installation of these in the late 1970s, the discontinued floodlights had become increasingly difficult to maintain. The lighting test in 2008 revealed levels of 780lux, which fell short of the Scottish Premier League lighting standards of 800lux. Therefore, the stadium was in need of a lighting upgrade.

DC Lighting Services, in partnership with Philips Lighting, provided a design that would exceed the lighting requirements of the club. The existing lighting came from 3 x 50m columns and a 35m structure that forms part of the south stand in the eastern corner. The design plan was to re-use the structure in the South East corner and add a new 35m column in the South West corner. Being 20m shorter, the new column is far less obtrusive. In addition, a purpose-built gantry lined with 52 luminaires has been installed atop the George Fox stand. Not only does the gantry provide ease of maintenance, but it is far more aesthetically pleasing.

Tannadice Lux Level Map


The Philips ArenaVision floodlighting solution totals just 112 lamps, yet reaches lighting level of 1453lux. Therefore, the lighting level recommended by the Scottish Premier League is almost doubled at the stadium. A minimum average uniformity of 0.76 and a maximum of 0.57 are also achieved. These measurements show that the recommended standards are also comfortably surpassed.



In addition to these benefits are the energy savings made by the Philips ArenaVision floodlights at Dundee united football Stadium. To light the stadium for an entire season (200hours), roughly £3,360 can be saved per year, based on an energy tariff of 10p per hour. After 15 years therefore, an impressive £69,216 can be saved.

View from George Fox Stand


With the nature of football stadia usage this project could only be carried out during the close season, the installation was started in the first week of June and completed in 2 weeks however the project planning had started during the winter with analysis of the current lighting levels when the stadium was in use.