There are many facets involved in stadium lighting. While the bright lights on the field are the first that come to mind, there are a few other areas to consider. Going to a sporting event at the stadium should be pleasant and anything but stressful. With the right lighting solutions in place, you can easily create the right atmosphere for taking in the big game. Here are a few tips for lighting those often-forgotten areas of stadium lighting.
This is an area which needs high levels of lighting to ensure safety and security. The best bet is pole mounted floodlights with high lumen outputs. The higher up the fixture is placed, the wider the spread of the beam, which means you will need higher lumen outputs to compensate for the spread. Most parking lots for stadiums choose cooler temperatures to create the feeling of security bright, white light creates. Lights should also be well-gasketed to avoid any issues with the elements. While there are several lighting types available for this area, LED is still the best solution in terms of output to energy consumed.
When it comes to the bathrooms, this is an area where most stadiums waste a lot of their money. While there will be some spectators that use the facilities during the game, most will stay in their seats until a break in the action. With this common pattern in mind, running the bathroom lights at all times can eat into the budget. A better option for this area is to install occupancy sensors which can be retrofitted to most fixture types. These sensors can be placed on every solution to turn on as the patrons come in or placed on select units with other units staying on the entire time free of sensors. Both methods will save the stadium money on energy costs which makes occupancy sensors a must-have for this area of the stadium.
For this area, the most important factor is the color temperature. Since food areas should be well lit to instill a sense of confidence in the cleanliness and quality, this area should stay away from the gentle and relaxing tones of warmer temperatures. With cooler temperature lighting placed overhead, you can easily create an atmosphere that inspires stadium customers to spend their money on snacks. A good tip for this area is to make sure the color temperature of the menu board lighting is close in tone to the overhead lights. If these two aspects of lighting are too stark, the contrast can be unsettling to the eyes, especially since the stadium seating area lighting is so bright. The key is to maintain consistency throughout the stadium to make it easier for the eyes.
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