LEDs shoot, LEDs score! In the showdown between HID luminaires and LED sports lighting, team LED is hitting aces, left, right and centre, and swimming circles around the opposition. When the teams brace for a tackle, the metal halide luminaires simply can’t match the strength of the LED side. It’s a brightness battle and ‘en-durability’ test that’ll push the luminaires to their limits. And with reduced energy expenditure, lower maintenance costs, and brighter, high-performance illumination, it’s not hard to see why team LED keeps coming out on top. Want to invest in the champion of lighting for your field, court, swimming pool, or stadium? Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of LED sports lighting.
3 reasons to install LED sports lighting:
1. LEDs reduce energy expenditure
Did you know LEDs consume less than half the energy of traditional bulbs? It’s true, you can save up to 80% on energy costs when you make the switch, and this makes LEDs a far more cost-effective option long term. (Not to mention a more environmentally friendly one too.) And because LEDs consume less energy, they in turn last longer. A whopping four to five times longer, which saves you spending more on regular replacements. So when it comes to energy expenditure, LED sports lighting is really a win-win-win. (Discover floodlight sports lighting here.)
2. LEDs require less maintenance
The ongoing cost of maintaining metal halide luminaires causes concern for many sporting organisations. Metal Halide luminaires decay quickly. In many cases, the lumens will reduce to about half their initial count within the first 7500 hours of the bulb’s life. This causes the lighting to ‘dim’, which often results in maintenance and bulb replacement. When you pair the cost of the new halide bulb with the manpower it takes to install, your expenses skyrocket. As mentioned earlier, a huge benefit of LED fittings is that they last longer, and so require less maintenance. In fact, for the first 50 000 hours of use, LED sports lighting generally do not require any maintenance, apart from the occasional wipe down. Unlike HID systems, LED fittings do not depend on annual bulb replacements, nor your budget including the hiring of a scissor lift. (Bonus!)
3. LEDs provide better definition and visibility
LED lights generally have a high CRI (Colour Rendering Index) of 80+, which means the illuminated area appears sharper and brighter, with colours appearing as they should. (Take a look at this 480W Meanwell CRI>80 IP65.) Higher CRI gives players and athletes better visibility when using the sports ground, and allows spectators to view the game or competition from the sidelines. For example, a soccer player will be able to see the ball clearly, therefore performing better, and giving the audience a better game to watch (which they can thank to the good CRI). While metal halide lamps can deliver good CRI when fresh out the box, they do deteriorate at a faster rate than LEDs (as mentioned earlier), making them inferior in comparison when it comes to sports lighting.
Need an LED sports lighting solution?
So you’ve decided to root for team LED, and want to upgrade your athletic facility as soon as possible? No problem, we’ve got your champions waiting. For high-performance LED sports lighting that makes the crowd go wild, contact PioLED today.