LED Arena and Stadium Lights

LED stadium lights and LED arena lights are becoming more popular with their optimal lighting output and their lower wattage use. Not only are these types of LED lights great to use at sporting events, but they are beneficial overall in terms of energy efficiency, cost saving, and optimal lighting output.

What are the advantages of LED stadium lighting?

  • LED lighting is designed to last 4-5 times longer than traditional metal halides and high-pressure sodium light systems. Because of this, they are more cost effective, have better energy efficiency, and they raise the bar for optimal light quality and overall coverage. This is beneficial for the players and coaches on the field or on the court because they don’t have to worry about any glares or overlapping LED flood lights in some places and no lighting coverage in others.
  • LED arena lights allow for even distribution, which is also helpful for viewers both at the event or at home, so they have full coverage and are able to see everything happening clearly.
  • LED arena lighting has a long-lifespan that is beneficial when it comes to maintenance. LED lights don’t have to be replaced as often and still emit a high lumen output and an even color consistency. Not having to replace the arena lights will also save you on costs of the lights because they will typically last 12 years!
  • LED arena lights include a folded aluminum fin in their design to help dissipate excess heat that can limit the life of the LED light bulbs. These qualities are beneficial to viewing the game because they improve broadcast lighting quality, enhance the overall lighting experience, and improve the playing time.

Which type of lighting fixtures do I need?

LED Stadium Light

LED lighting is beneficial in multiple sporting arenas including soccer, baseball, tennis, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, equestrian, and more! Depending on the type of sport, different types of LED lighting and sport light options will be required.

For example, a fast action sport with small playing objects or far viewing distance requires higher lighting levels, such as tennis and baseball. Some fixtures you would use for these sports would be LED flood lights, LED shoebox fixtures, or LED shoebox retrofit kits.

For slower speed sports with larger playing objects or closer viewing, such as football or basketball, the arena would require lower lighting levels. LED high bay lights, LED low bay lights, some LED flood lights, LED stadium lights, and LED linear fixtures are some common light fixtures used for this type of lighting.

Sports lighting differs depending on what sport is being played. There are numerous types of beam angles, wattages, and lighting designs to help ensure that a playing area will have proper overlapping beams and avoid ‘hot spots.’

What are Hot Spots?

Hot spots are the point where light sources can be harsh and create a distracting dotted pattern. This can act as a glare or a place where lights overlap to create a weird pattern that can distract viewers or players. Hot spots are uncommon with LED fixtures, so as long as you space your light fixtures out uniformly, you won’t have to worry about them! Each sport requires different lighting and within the sport, the lighting set up is/can be different based on the level of play.

What is the difference between lighting designs?

Symmetrical Light

Symmetrical – Symmetrical light distribution spreads light equally in all directions while producing both a direct and an indirect glare.

These fixtures, including some shoebox fixtures and spot lights are good for lighting performance tasks of low contrast and small size. The fixture is helps distribute the light, but the same bulbs can be used for each lighting fixture.

Asymmetrical Light

Asymmetrical - Asymmetrical light distribution is technically advanced task lighting that is designed to concentrate the reflectors to emit light in one direction. These lights are preferred for large working areas of open areas where computer screens are used, such as a stadium, since the lighting can be directed away from the screen and towards where you need it.  

Asymmetrical lighting also helps avoid indirect glare. Some fixtures that put out asymmetrical lighting are high bays, UFO lighting, wall packs, flood lights and some shoebox fixtures.

What are the benefits to LED Lighting?

One thing that LED outdoor and indoor arena and stadium lights are beneficial for is reducing the glare that is on the field/court for both the players and the spectators. For optimal luminaire and glare control, there are certain LED outdoor and indoor arena lights with standard glare shields or even a frosted lens to minimize light loss.

Overall, LED lights are the most economical arrangement for stadiums and arenas to use. Without having to worry about the lights heating up, LEDs are able to turn on and off instantly and have a longer life span of over 35,000 hours. For superior illumination, switch your stadium lights to LED technology today!

Recommended Reading

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Danielle Abram
Danielle Abram

Danielle is a classic wordsmith and unapologetic user of the Oxford comma. Her experience includes blog posts, technical copy, social media copy, email marketing, product descriptions, scripts, and so much more. In other words, there's no limit to what she can write about!

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