New lights – better TV

August 11, 1970
A new floodlighting system for football grounds that will enable a TV camera to zoom in to close-up shots – even on the far side of the pitch – without having to struggle against the gloom of a winter’s afternoon, is being installed at West Ham United’s ground.

The light from the lamps – a British invention is pure white, perfect for colour television. The lamp is known as a sealed beam “compact source iodide,” and it will light the game against Arsenal on August 17. Arsenal, too, are having the new lighting system installed.

The new electric lamp is only as big as a walnut, but it produces almost a hundred times as much light as an ordinary household bulb. At West Ham under 324 of the bulbs mounted in reflectors on four towers, the pitch will be 10 times as well lit as the standard floodlit stadium, five times as bright as a well lit office, and twice as bright as the most brilliantly lit super-market.

The new floodlights at both Anfield and Goodison Park, although not these lamps will also be ideal for colour television. Everton and Liverpool’s system are similar and television technicians have been highly delighted by them.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 11, 1970; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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