Stadium and Field Lighting: Why Contractors Should Opt for LED Lights

by Cory Peterson

The annual playoff championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the Super Bowl, was once halted for nearly 30 minutes because of a power outage. While the Superdome team did everything possible to fix the problem, achieving proper illumination took time.

The reason? The metal halide lamps need time to warm up.

No wonder, industry experts suggest LEDs for the stadium and sports field lighting as they warm up instantly and provide the required illumination. What’s more? Research reveals that LEDs have five times longer life span than metal halides.

So, if you are a contractor looking for an energy-efficient solution to brighten up a stadium or a sports field project, opt for LEDs.

In this post, we will share five reasons that make LEDs an excellent choice for stadium lighting.

#1: Provides Narrow Beam Optics – The beam angle signifies the distribution of light and thus is crucial to achieving the perfect stadium lighting. The narrower the beam angle, the more intense the illumination.

Stadium setup requires lighting fixtures that can illuminate the entire field while keeping a sharp focus on specific areas. So, you will need various light fixtures with narrow beam angles that can cover the whole space.

Unlike traditional flood lights, stadium lights come with a wide range of beam angles. Mounting stadium lights with suitable beam angles at distinct heights can light up the entire stadium.

Pro Tip: According to National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards, the beam angles are classified as follows. Very narrow: 10°- 18°; Narrow: 18°- 29°; Medium narrow: 29°- 46°; Medium: 46°- 70°; Wide: 100°- 130°.

So, choose stadium lights with beam angles between 10-46 degrees to achieve the appropriate beam spread.

#2: Comes in Multiple Color Temperatures – Color temperature indicates the appearance of light. For sports settings, installing lighting fixtures that produce a daylight-like effect is crucial. They help sportspeople get a clear view of the ground while playing.

Stadium lighting LEDs come in several color temperatures. Choose the ones that mimic natural light. Warm range: 2700K to 3500K; Ideal range: 4000K to 5000K.

Pro Tip: Opt for stadium lights with color temperatures between 4000K to 5000K as they provide day-like brightness. 5000K is perfect for replacing metal halide.

#3: Provides High Color Rendering Index (CRI) – Color Rendering Index (CRI) indicates the quality of light. A high CRI depicts that any object’s color seen under the light is close to its color under natural light.

#3: Provides High Color Rendering Index (CRI) – Color Rendering Index (CRI) indicates the quality of light. A high CRI depicts that any object’s color seen under the light is close to its color under natural light.

For instance, objects appear yellowish under High-Pressure Sodium (2200K) light, indicating a poor CRI. They have a CRI of 22. LEDs with a CRI of 70+ or higher can produce a natural light-like effect reflecting excellent CRI.

Pro Tip: Opt for stadium lights with a CRI of 70+ to create a soothing experience for the sports players.

#4: Offers Wide Choice in IP Ratings

The Ingress Protection or IP rating defines the effectiveness of lighting solutions from wet weather and snow.

Light fixtures in the sports field and stadium are prone to damage and thus need protection from the environment. Choosing stadium lighting with the necessary protection level can increase their tolerance to harsh weather conditions.

Pro Tip: For wet weather and dust conditions, consider stadium and field lighting with IP ratings ranging from IP65 to IP68.

#5: Cuts Maintenance Costs – Unlike metal halides, stadium lights do not have bulbs that need frequent replacement. High-quality stadium and field lighting can work smoothly for a minimum of five years or more without any maintenance.

Summing Up – LEDs are cost-efficient, durable, weather-proof, and offers a wide range of options suitable for stadiums and sports field. So, whether it’s a baseball, football, softball, or soccer field, opting for stadium lights is a win-win for contractors.

Cory Peterson is Director of Sales & Marketing at LED Lighting Supply where he focuses on improving customer experience and revenue operations. Cory writes about commercial, industrial and sport lighting, along with topics important to contractors and facility managers. In his free time, Cory enjoys traveling, snorkeling, boxing and cooking.

 Stadium and Field Lighting: Why Contractors Should Opt for LED Lights

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