In years past, people would turn their heads to the nor […]
In years past, people would turn their heads to the north when approaching a sporting event - and rightfully so! But what about lighting effects on the other side of the arena? Is it necessary to use an encircling lighting system for both sides of the space? And if so, which fixtures should be used?
The short answer for this question would be a simple yes. What's more pertinent for LED stadium lighting or for a regular incandescent floodlight is not only just how brilliant their light is, but also how much and how far they could emit that light. If a fixture is too bright at the beginning of the game, but its light fades quickly afterward, the lumen that would reach the playing field once its light fades after the last play will be less than, let's face it, its actual lumen when the play is over. And if that's not bad enough, regular stadium lighting uses fluorescent bulbs that throw off a lot of heat and that make the whole structure uncomfortable for players, coaches, and fans.
In other venues where there are expected to be large crowds, using regular stadium lighting fixtures would invite disaster. For instance, a strong, direct light from a floodlight would dazzle and detract from the crowd's view, causing the backs of some players' jerseys to be burned, and causing bleachers to be scorched beyond repair. So if you're planning to install led stadium lighting fixtures, make sure that these fixtures will not create such problems - especially if your venue is being held in an area with high human traffic.
LED lights, on the other hand, are more directed, and therefore, less likely to create negative effects. This is why baseball stadiums are among the places where leading sports lighting fixtures have really made a difference. The reason why is because these fixtures are not only safer and more efficient, they also produce a brighter light than ordinary fluorescent lights. That means not only will spectators have a better time watching the game, they'll also have a much easier time seeing each and every frame of play.
But that's not all. Of course, you won't see any visible distortion on the video either because the LEDs in led stadium lighting fixtures are about three times more efficient than conventional lights. What this means for you then is that even though you'll use less energy, you will also save money because conventional lights are quite costly to run in the first place. In addition, LED lights last a lot longer than conventional lights. You can expect at least twenty years or more from them before you have to replace them.
In terms of brightness, both types of light are pretty evenly bright, which means that no matter where you put your LED stadium lighting, you will get an equal amount of brightness as well. In fact, an average game day at a Major League baseball stadium puts a strain on both your eyes and eyesight, because the concentrated light makes it hard to see in front of the television, especially for people sitting in front of you in the third base line. With conventional bulbs, this may not be a problem, but when it comes to a group of people in the upper levels of the bleachers, it can easily become a problem. So, while your eyes may be strained at first because of the brightness of the lights, your eyes will thank you for changing to led lights as soon as the game is over and the sun has gone down.