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The right sports field lighting is paramount for any professional stadium, university, or athletic facility. It ensures player safety and visibility and enhances the overall experience for spectators. But what factors should be considered when selecting sports lighting, and why is it important to adhere to industry standards?
In this blog post, we at AEON will delve into the critical aspects of sports lighting, the benefits of high-quality lighting, and the risks associated with poor lighting. Here’s everything you need to know:
It is imperative to recognize that specific standards and regulations are in place for sports field lighting. Your redesigned lighting system must comply with the necessary requirements based on your facility and the events you host.
Two primary standards govern field lighting: the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Field Lighting Standards and the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE) Sports Complex Lighting Standards. Understanding these reputable organizations’ standards will guide you in making informed decisions when redesigning and installing a new sports lighting system.
Redesigning your sports lighting according to these standards will ensure compliance and an optimal lighting environment for players and spectators. If you need assistance with your sports lighting redesign, AEON is here to help with expert guidance and high-quality lighting solutions.
Implementing the right measures can mitigate the risks associated with poor lighting. Key benefits of superior sports lighting systems include:
Choosing low-quality lights or improper installation can result in uneven light distribution, dark spots, or excessive glare, impairing players’ vision and making the field unsafe—a significant liability for sports organizations or venues. Major risks of substandard lighting include:
The planning and measurement of sports field lighting involve several key factors, such as lux levels, current draw, efficiency, CRI, color temperature, and beam pattern, which are included in an IES file used by designers to plan the lighting layout. The required lighting levels vary for different sports and are influenced by factors like the size of the ball, speed of play, and distance from spectators. Moreover, the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is crucial for revealing colors faithfully and is especially important for fast-moving or detailed activities.
The standards for lighting levels are mostly set by governing bodies, sports associations, and local governments. They are categorized into three classes based on the competition level and spectators’ proximity. Specific details for each sport and Class can be found below:
AEON’s range of LED lighting for stadiums provides substantial energy savings of up to 75% while eliminating the need for maintenance. With our LED lighting, once installed, you can rest easy knowing that you’re saving energy and costs. Additionally, the color temperature of the lighting is crucial.
We recommend using a Daylight (5,000K+) color temperature for outdoor events, as it resembles natural daylight. Natural (4,000K) and Warm (3,000K) color temperatures are recommended for indoor settings as they deliver a warmer light. It’s also important to ensure your new LED lighting is adequately protected against various environmental factors. We recommend choosing lighting with an IP65 rating or higher to protect against rain, dust, ice, heat, and corrosion.
Proper sports lighting is crucial for athletes’ and spectators’ safety and enjoyment. AEON is committed to providing advanced lighting systems for optimal visibility, enhancing the overall experience while minimizing risks.
Contact AEON today to learn more about our sports lighting solutions and how we can help you redesign your sports lighting to meet industry standards and ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved.