ROI of LED Stadium Lighting

- Jun 21, 2019-

Traditional high-intensity metal halide sports lights require more than 50% of the energy that is used by LED systems to generate the same field luminosity. Stadium and event operators strive to control energy costs, and may elect not to host an evening event at an outdoor sports venue if the energy costs cannot be justified.Led lighting systems that use less energy will open those venues to more events, including more evening games that can draw larger crowds than daytime games.

LED lighting systems are also more robust than traditional metal halide lighting. Traditional systems are prone to uneven surface lighting, and glare from lights has been known to affect the quality of play in both professional and amateur sports contests. LED lighting provides a more evenly lit playing surface, which improves the quality of play and enhances player safety. LED control systems have also advanced to allow more precision spot lighting control, advanced dimming, and rapid on-off capabilities.

LED lighting systems has been perceived to be a barrier to conversion from traditional metal halide lighting, but upfront costs are dropping as new technologies and manufacturing techniques are coming online. Returns on an initial investment are improving as stadium operators take energy cost savings and reduced maintenance hours into account.

Operators of large, professional venues may not have the same economic concerns that smaller venues need to consider, but those smaller venues can better justify their existence by emphasizing the more and varied uses that can be found for their venues when lower cost led lighting  has been installed. In a university environment, these facilities can become self-sustaining, which allows university administrators to broaden the types of sports programs that are available to a student body.

Outdoor sports have potential both as participatory and entertainment events. The scope of both participation and entertainment expands when outdoor sports can be enjoyed during evening hours. Metal halide lighting first unlocked the door to possibilities, and LED lighting is now opening that door much wider.