There are a number of things to consider when specifying lighting for a sports hall. In this months blog I address some of the things to consider when lighting a sports hall.
Sporting activities and other uses of the sports hall
Lux level requirements vary according to the particular types of sport being played in a sports hall. Most ball sports require 200lux, however, fast moving ball sports (such as squash) require 300 lux.
In order to host sporting competitions, a sports hall requires at least 500 lux.
Furthermore, often in schools, colleges and universities, sports halls are also used for examinations therefore require 500 lux.
As the amount of light required is high, energy consumption should be kept to a minimum. Alongside using an energy efficient LED light source, there are additional ways to keep energy consumption low.
Firstly, sports halls often have a high ceiling therefore as an alternative to surface mounting the luminaire on to the ceiling, the client may wish to suspend the luminaires. This would reduce the lumen output that would be required if the luminaire was surface mounted high up.
Secondly, if the sports hall has natural light coming through, daylight dimming functions could be used to reduce energy consumption. Luminaires that incorporate our RIC® (remote intelligent control) system dim dynamically if there are high levels of light ingress in order to maintain constant lux levels and uniformity.
Uniformity is an important feature of lighting in a sports hall. Uniform lighting allows us to perceive the sports hall continuously and without sudden breaks caused by lighting level drops. This is important to ensure players can monitor the opponent’s movement and in ball sports, accurately see the ball.
Eliminating glare in a sports hall is important to prevent players being dazzled when looking up, for example when locating the ball. Many of our luminaires have a cloud lens which provides a higher output than the industry standard opal lens and ensures there is no glare from the LEDs.
Luminaires in sports halls need to be robust and impact resistance so they withstand balls being hit at them.
As luminaires are often located high up in sports halls, they should be easy to maintain. By opting for LED, they are maintenance free with a lifetime that exceeds 50,000 hours. Furthermore, with daylight dimming controls they are likely to last longer. If opting for our RIC® system, the settings can be changed easily without accessing the fitting with a handheld remote control.
Sports hall facilities in the UK require 3 hour emergency lighting in the case of a power failure of emergency. Alongside opting for integral maintained emergency luminaires, emergency exit signs should be used.
Posted by Rebecca Walton