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Types of floodlight:The most common type of floodlight is the '''[[Metal Halide lamp]]''' which emits a bright white light, however most commonly used for sporting events are high pressure Sodium floodlights which emit a soft orange light, similar to that of street lights; SON lamps have a very high lumens per watt ratio making them a cost effective choice where certain lux levels have to met. Types of floodlight:The most common type of floodlight is the '''[[Metal Halide lamp]]''' which emits a bright white light, however most commonly used for sporting events are high pressure Sodium floodlights which emit a soft orange light, similar to that of street lights; SON lamps have a very high lumens per watt ratio making them a cost effective choice where certain lux levels have to met.
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 +== Outdoor sports lighting ==
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 +Outdoor sports lighting is a specialized form of area lighting.
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 +Pole locations, mounting heights, and luminaire aiming are selected to light the ball in play. There is also a need to minimize fixture brightness or glare in the eyes of the players and spectators. Selected areas such as the infield of a baseball field may be highlighted to insure sufficient light for the batter and faster play in the infield.
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 +Specific design considerations are given with each sports lighting design.
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 +== Luminaire Selection: ==
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 +Luminaires are available in a variety of beam spreads or NEMA beam types as well as construction types. In the typical layout section, recommended luminaire quantities are listed in the adjacent tables to provide the highest lighting efficiency consistent with uniform lighting. Luminaires from different manufacturers do not have the same performance characteristics even though they may have the same NEMA beam type.
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 +== Basic lamp type ==
The basic lamp type used for sports lighting is high intensity discharge (HID). These HID systems primarily use 400W, 1000W and 1500W metal halide or 400W and 1000W high pressure sodium lamps. While mercury lamps have been used extensively in the past for sports lighting, they are no longer recommended because of their lower efficiency. The basic lamp type used for sports lighting is high intensity discharge (HID). These HID systems primarily use 400W, 1000W and 1500W metal halide or 400W and 1000W high pressure sodium lamps. While mercury lamps have been used extensively in the past for sports lighting, they are no longer recommended because of their lower efficiency.

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Floodlights are broad-beamed, high-intensity artificial lights often used to illuminate outdoor playing fields while an outdoor sports event is being held during low-light conditions.
Floodlights are broad-beamed, high-intensity artificial lights often used to illuminate outdoor playing fields while an outdoor sports event is being held during low-light conditions.

Floodlights are broad-beamed, high-intensity artificial lights often used to illuminate outdoor playing fields while an outdoor sports event is being held during low-light conditions.

Types of floodlight:The most common type of floodlight is the Metal Halide lamp which emits a bright white light, however most commonly used for sporting events are high pressure Sodium floodlights which emit a soft orange light, similar to that of street lights; SON lamps have a very high lumens per watt ratio making them a cost effective choice where certain lux levels have to met.


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Outdoor sports lighting

Outdoor sports lighting is a specialized form of area lighting.

Pole locations, mounting heights, and luminaire aiming are selected to light the ball in play. There is also a need to minimize fixture brightness or glare in the eyes of the players and spectators. Selected areas such as the infield of a baseball field may be highlighted to insure sufficient light for the batter and faster play in the infield.

Specific design considerations are given with each sports lighting design.


Luminaire Selection:

Luminaires are available in a variety of beam spreads or NEMA beam types as well as construction types. In the typical layout section, recommended luminaire quantities are listed in the adjacent tables to provide the highest lighting efficiency consistent with uniform lighting. Luminaires from different manufacturers do not have the same performance characteristics even though they may have the same NEMA beam type.


Basic lamp type

The basic lamp type used for sports lighting is high intensity discharge (HID). These HID systems primarily use 400W, 1000W and 1500W metal halide or 400W and 1000W high pressure sodium lamps. While mercury lamps have been used extensively in the past for sports lighting, they are no longer recommended because of their lower efficiency.

The life of HID lamps vary from 1,500 to 24,000 hours. The most common lamps used today are the 1000 and 1500 watt metal halide lamps. The 1500 watt lamp has the best combination of lamp efficiency (115+ LPW) and life (3,000 hours) for use in most sports lighting venues.

Where longer lamp life or lower mounting heights are desired, 1000 watt metal halide lamps are recommended. Approximately 50% more 1000 watt lamps are required to achieve the same lighting levels as compared to 1500 watt lamps.

This difference increases the cost of installation due to greater quantities and added structural requirements for poles and foundations.

Also See

Reference

  • 1 Wikipedia Reference see Floodlights [1]
  • CHM Industries CHM Sports Lighting [2]

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