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How to Maintain Sports Field Lighting Systems

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Outdoor sports field lighting systems are more demanding to maintain than indoor lighting fixtures, due to their constant exposure to the harsh environmental conditions. That is why a planned maintenance scheme is critical for preventing failure and ensuring the players and spectators’ safety and enjoyment when on the field.

Many of the installed lighting systems in outdoor sports fields are mounted on poles that can be up to 60 feet or more in the air. This means that a low maintenance lighting system is suggested, because replacing the fixtures or lamps can be a costly investment of time and money. You should assess your ability to switch to LED lighting systems before investing money into maintenance or repairs of your existing High-Intensity Discharge (HID) sports lighting equipment, especially if your system is out of warranty.

LED lighting systems have superior benefits and have significantly decreased their cost over the last 2-3 years. LED technology provides improved illumination, glare control, dimmability, energy efficiency, longevity, and reduced maintenance. Updating your LED arena lighting system to an LED lighting system also brings the opportunity to once again fall under a full warranty period for 25 years depending on the manufacturer. Most LED lighting systems also have an incredible life span ranging between 50-150,000 hours and can include warranties up to 25 years.


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Maintenance Tips for LED Sports Lightings Systems

After installation, by performing the routine maintenance required you will be able to continue to reap the benefits of having an LED lighting system for your sports field for a considerable amount of time at no additional cost. The following are some recommendations for maintaining LED Sports Lighting Systems:


Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning can help to maintain your LED lighting system’s overall performance and prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the fixtures. Accumulated dirt and debris can have negative effects on your LED lighting system in the long run, reducing the light output and the lifespan of the lights. It is recommended regular cleanings should be conducted with a soft cloth and mild detergent and avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents that can damage the fixture.  



An inspection can help identify any issues in your LED lighting system before it develops into a major problem. It is recommended that an inspection be conducted at least twice a year and more frequently in areas with harsher weather conditions. It is important during these inspections to look for signs of wear and tear, loose connections, and any general damage to the fixtures.


Replacing Faulty Components

If any component in your LED lighting system is found to be defective during your inspection, it must be replaced immediately. A faulty component in your LED lighting system can negatively impact the lights’ overall performance and lifespan. Any and all replacements of an LED lighting system component should be handled by a trained and certified professional.


Control System Maintenance

The lighting control system is what controls each of your LED sports field lights. It is important to conduct regular maintenance on the lighting control system to ensure the lights operate at peak performance. Proper maintenance of the lighting control system includes software updates to improve energy efficiency, cleaning of the control panels, and regular testing of the control system.  


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Our Final Thoughts

LED Sports Field Lighting Systems are an investment that provide significant electricity savings over the life of the fitting. That is why it is important to regularly maintain the LED Sports Field Lighting Systems to ensure they operate at peak performance, last as long as possible, and continue to provide you with significant savings. Contact us at Stouch Lighting today to assist you in any repair, service, maintenance, and upgrade needs for your LED Sports Field Lighting Systems.