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Wembley Stadium, UK


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  • Wembley Stadium, UK
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Providing lighting only when it’s needed.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Reducing waste light during daylight hours.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    Producing the correct lighting levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Zoning lighting in accordance to occupancy patterns or window location.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Tailoring maintenance schedules in accordance to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Enabling results of actions to be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn bringing light to Wembley's world-class Stadium

As one of the most modern and breathtaking arenas in the world, Wembley Stadium connected by EE opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the earlier Wembley Empire Stadium, which was demolished in 2003. A UEFA category four stadium, Wembley Stadium hosts major football matches as well as other major sporting and music events. With 90 000 seats, 34 bars, 98 kitchens, 8 restaurants and 688 food and drink service points, it is the largest stadium in the UK and the second largest in Europe.

Thorn has been a lighting partner to Wembley Stadium since the 1970s, originally illuminating the Empire Stadium and in 2007 equipping the new stadium with the vast majority of its luminaires. In 2004 Thorn achieved full approval to supply lighting to Wembley Stadium following a successful tender process which involved carrying out lighting calculations using the specified lighting package of AG132.

Our highlight: The Arch lighting

In 2014 Thorn replaced the stadium's iconic arch lighting with a custom LED lighting system designed for full colour as well as special moving light effects.

The new lighting means the arch can be illuminated in an endless range of colourful possibilities. Roger Maslin, then Managing Director of Wembley National Stadium Ltd, quoted: "We can now use the arch to make big, bold and entertaining statements which can be seen right across London. With so many lighting scenes the possibilities are fantastic. From the St. George's Cross and team colours to highlight goals for big games, to solid and moving colours for event lighting, to the corporate colours of our sponsor EE and charity partners. The lighting is transformational and exciting."

Dave Holley – Regional Manager, who managed the design team co-ordination to create the lighting design scheme throughout the project, explains: "The Arch's lighting system consists of a dynamic floodlight with red, green, blue and white LED chips. 50% of the LED chips are white and the remaining are equal quantities of red, green and blue. This will allow The Arch to have unlimited lighting effects - both dynamic or static - with colours and movement to suit events and occasions. Importantly, Wembley wanted the new 'whiter' LED white to match the white achieved with the old metal halide system. We therefore had to tune the LED white to achieve this consistency."

Wembley's onsite specialist subcontractor, Hollandia - an expert in the access and maintenance needs of the arch - installed the new lighting comprising 228 RGBW LED floodlights. To speed up installation Thorn coordinated and designed a custom bracket to allow the existing fixings to be used. The heart of the new lighting solution is the controls system, designed by Thorn together with a partner which brings the endless possibilities the LED lighting installation provides to life.

Refurbishment and upgrading of existing lighting to LED is ongoing with all the Emergency Exit Signage being changed to LED from fluorescent – over 5000 units.

Executive Boxes have had their lighting changed from TH to LED and areas where maintenance is difficult and expensive the existing CFL downlights have been changed to LED – particularly the Escalator voids.

The Changing Rooms were upgraded and took advantage to use LED luminaires mainly the  Omega Pro and Chalice LED luminaires. The players changing rooms had a RGBW LED light system fitted to provide more colour and atmosphere for events of all types.

Products Used


Custom RGBW LED floodlight

Interior Wall Washing

RGBW LED – Autled

Under Bowl Uplighting


Service Road and truck park

Hipak Pro LED

Truck park

Aquaforce LED

EE lounge

Chalice LED

Entrance hall and reception desk

Chalice LED

Executive Boxes

Chalice LED

Changing Rooms, FA Testing, FA Clinic, Players Tunnel, Warm Up Zones

Omega Pro LED, Chalice LED, College LED, Duoproof LED, Force LED

Emergency Lighting Signage

Voyager LED Signs