Sports fans might notice some of the changes that are happening in the outdoor stadiums and fields where their favorite teams compete. Older metal halide and high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures in those facilities are being retired in favor of LED sports field lighting. Fans are even starting see LED lighting in the home stadiums of some NFL teams. While the NFL might be the highest-profile place you’ll find LEDs, universities, high schools, and many other public outdoor sports fields are jumping on the LED bandwagon. When the advantages of LEDs over traditional outdoor sports lighting are considered, it is easy to understand why LED sports lighting is the winner.
As an example, a typical professional or university outdoor football stadium hosts 10-15 games per year. Football stadiums generate little to no revenue when they are not being used, and stadium operators need to find ways to maximize the usage of these facilities as well as to save operating costs in order to justify the existence of a stadium and the capital expenditures that were dedicated to build it. LED football lighting is a key component of solving this dilemma for a stadium operator.
Outdoor LED lighting is more durable and long-lasting than traditional metal halide or high-pressure sodium stadium lights. LED sports lighting fixtures generate brighter and better quality light that gives athletes and spectators alike a better opportunity to see the action on the field, which improves the overall quality of the athletic competition as well as the entertainment value for patrons. Further, LED lights consume less than half the energy of traditional lights, and require less maintenance and repair over their longer useful lifespans. If there’s one thing that a professional sports stadium and local high school have in common it’s that their sports lighting is very high off the ground. We’re not talking about a step ladder. This saves substantial operating costs and adds to the bottom line. In most cases, the initial costs of installing LED lighting can be recovered through operating costs savings in just a few years.
Current generations of LED lights are more versatile, with spectrum-tuning characteristics that allow changes in the nature and quality of light for different events that might be hosted at a football stadium, including concerts and conventions. Field and stadium operators can use LED lighting to expand the utility of a space beyond fifteen annual games.
More and more outdoor sporting venues are taking note of the advantages that LED lighting offers. The LED outdoor sports revolution is taking hold, changing the way we play and see our favorite sports.