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The modern sports stadium requires clear, bright lighting. Not only does proper lighting improve player and spectator experiences, but it’s also critical to high-definition broadcasting. When it’s time to upgrade your stadium floodlights or choose lighting for a new stadium, you have several considerations to make. Here is a guide that will help you select the lights that will do the job well for many years to come.
Before buying LED floodlights for your stadium, consider the lighting distribution needs you have. You will want a light with a large beam angle to shine over much of the field. However, if you have many light poles, too wide of a beam angle will lead to wasted light and energy. Carefully measure your distribution need and work with a lighting provider who can help you choose a light with an angle that will fit.
Next, consider how long the lights you choose are expected to last. Changing stadium floodlights is a tedious job that takes a tremendous amount of time. Thankfully, LED lighting technology means you can have lighting that lasts substantially longer than other lighting options. However, even among LED lighting companies, you will see a significant variance in these products’ expected lifespan. Choose one that has a long lifespan to reduce the amount of time and energy you spend replacing stadium lights.
One design element that can have a direct impact on the light’s lifespan is thermal management. LED lighting generates a significant amount of heat, and that heat impacts the longevity of the light. Look for a lighting option that is designed to manage heat and protect the light from heat damage. TM21 and ISTMT testing show a luminaire’s temperate, and you can use this information to choose one with heat protection technology.
Another factor to look at when considering lighting for your stadium is how colors are rendered and how glare impacts the overall function of the lights. In sporting events, colors need to be shown clearly for players to perform at their best and for spectators to enjoy the viewing experience. Glare reduction is vital to the safety of the players and the enjoyment of the spectators. Glare is also an issue concerning light pollution because the more glare a light produces, the more light pollution it has in the neighboring communities.
To measure color rendering, look at the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of the lighting. The higher the CRI, the more true-to-life the colors will be. For glare, look for a light with a low UGR. A rating less than 25 is ideal because it creates about the same glare as a mild indoor light. Most people will not notice this type of glare, providing a positive experience for everyone.
Waiting for lighting to warm up after you turn it on wastes energy and limits your enjoyment of the stadium. Choose LED lighting that has an instant response time. Most luminaires and spotlights do, but always check response time before buying a light to ensure it will be able to respond quickly when you flip the switch on.
Finally, make sure the light you choose is resistant to damage from both dust and impact. Though stadium lights are usually out of the line of fire for most sporting events, insects, birds, and debris from other sources, like storms, can all reach the light and damage it. Dust can also be a severe issue for outdoor lighting. Once the light is damaged, you have no choice but to replace it, and that maintenance task is a cumbersome one. Choose a luminaire for your floodlights that resists damage from these common problems.
If you need stadium floodlights that last for many years, have built-in heat protection technology, and render colors close to natural sunlight, you want AEON LED lights. These stadium floodlights are carefully designed for longevity and clarity, have a URG of less than 19, and have a CRI of 85.
This delivers superior performance and a high color rendering index every time the lights are used. AEON LED lights also have one of the most extended lifespans in the industry and are instantly at full brightness when they are turned on. All of this makes them the logical choice for stadium lighting needs.
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