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Golf at night?
Once upon a time, it wasn’t a thing. At best, hardcore golf aficionados used glow-in-the-dark balls and a lot of eye strain to play a few holes after the sun went down. It certainly wasn’t ideal for spectators and pretty much an impossibility for any broadcasting. Metal halide, halogen lights, or HPS helped to a degree, but the lighting was uneven and expensive to maintain.
Then LED technology came along and changed everything.
Now, nighttime golfing is a reality; for players, the sun setting does not signify the end of the round. For golf course owners, LED lighting allows courses and driving ranges to stay open later, brings in more revenue, lets spectators enjoy watching the action, and allows for broadcasting important tournaments.
For golf enthusiasts and course owners, nighttime golfing is now affordable, fun, and safe—all thanks to the game’s transformation by LED lighting.
Ample illumination is essential when it comes to golf course lighting. Because golf is played on a much larger area than other sports fields, properly illuminating a golf course presents some unique challenges. You need high-powered AEON LED lights to achieve the necessary coverage and contribute to a golf ball’s nighttime visibility.
Driving range lighting standards are similar to golf course lighting standards in that they emphasize achieving enough lighting for the defined locations. The typical ground lux level for training and leisure is between 200 and 300 lux. This ensures that spectators and players have adequate light to clearly view a hit golf ball’s trajectory. AEON LED lights easily meet official golf lighting standards and significantly improve everyone’s experience, whether at the driving range, playing a casual round, or participating in tournament play.
Because some courses may not have permanent lighting columns for LED lamps, temporary standalone mobile lighting solutions have gained a lot of traction. AEON LED spotlights can be easily mounted to them and controlled remotely with instant-on advantage and a toughness that allows mobile lighting posts to be moved as needed without the worry of damage or sudden failure.
The lighting design for golf courses relies on several elements. Therefore, it is essential to consider each lighting aspect to get the outcomes you want.
The lighting design must be uniform to ensure golfers can see the course. High uniformity means consistent brightness. With poor uniformity, golfers won’t see the course adequately. Uniformity ranges from 0 to 1 lux, with 1 reaching every corner of the course with the same brightness level. A minimum of 0.5 uniformity is needed to illuminate each green area, with top-class tournaments requiring an illumination uniformity of 0.7.
AEON LED lights easily meet these uniformity expectations and offer flicker-free performance, so spectators and high-speed cameras don’t miss any of the action.
Golf course illumination requires a high CRI for optimal performance. AEON LED luminaries have a color rendering index of over 85, highlighting the golf ball and contrasting the dark background and grassy surface. High CRI makes colors look as they would under direct sunlight, with crisp, distinct colors.
Lighting color temperature must also be considered. For example, professional tournaments require 5,000K white light, whereas white and warm lights are sufficient for recreational driving ranges or community golf courses. AEON LED lights allow you to select ranges between 2,800K and 7,500K color temperatures as your needs require.
Due to the very outdoor nature of golf courses, the lighting needs to be weatherproof and durable. This is a big reason why metal halide, mercury vapor, or HPS lamps are not recommended for extended use.
AEON offers outdoor-friendly LED lighting that is lightweight, strong, energy-efficient, and waterproof. Not only will this mean a game need not be canceled due to rain, but after extreme weather events, your golf course lighting will continue to function reliably without needing costly repairs or replacement.
AEON LED best serves golf course illumination for numerous reasons.
Contact AEON for more information on a wide range of lighting options and solutions by visiting their website at www. Aeonledllightiing.com.
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