LED Stadium Lights Cost Overview

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LED stadium lights have been installed in stadiums and arenas worldwide in recent years. Before long, they will be the only lighting technology used. For indoor multi-function arenas, they already are. Compared to conventional metal halide floodlights, LED’s have too many advantages:  stepless adjustment of brightness, start-up without warm-up phases and individual control of each lighting unit.

Stadiums, arenas and facilities of all sizes and at every level of play take advantage of the significant savings LEDs offer. They have lower maintenance requirements, a longer product life cycle and, of course, less electricity consumption. 

Additionally, LED stadium lighting systems are so responsive and customizable that they can be used for any event – sporting or otherwise – that takes place in the arena. Concerts, speeches, rallies and graduations happen throughout the year in sports stadiums. They can all be easily staged and perfectly illuminated under LED lights, in ways that would not be possible with conventional lighting systems. This will help the facility attract more events, and therefore more revenue.

LED Sports Lighting for Sports Facilities

LED stadium lighting systems are also increasingly found at municipal sports facilities. Especially when building a new artificial turf field, LEDs are the first choice. The quality and long-term economy of LED’s overwhelm whatever nominal upfront savings halogen lamps offer. The result is a more versatile playing field with longer operating hours, which leads to increased usage, revenue and customer satisfaction. 

Clubs should obtain several estimates as part of the cost calculation for an LED floodlight system, and evaluate the costs and savings over the entire life cycle. Often, it helps to visit facilities in the area that have already installed LED floodlights and can speak to their experiences with them.

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Football stadium lighting: LEDs have no competition on cost, quality or performance

Have you ever heard of a book or TV show called “Saturday game on a cloudy afternoon?” Of course not, because there are no such things. But we know you’ve heard of “Friday Night Lights.” And if you want your team to have that Friday night lights feel, you need two things: great football and a great lighting system.

High school and college football stadiums have unique lighting demands. These facilities are almost always the largest on campus, host the largest number of fans, are the major revenue driver for the athletics department and are often the centerpiece of a multisport field. These combine to increase the amount and quality of light needed. 

Estimating the strength of your lights is an interplay between how much space you need to light and where you are able to install the lighting fixtures. 

If you have a low-capacity grandstand close to the field, the light poles can also be close to the field and do not need to be particularly high. This keeps down the cost of the poles and the cost of the lights, because fewer lux are needed. However, if you have a 15,000-seat stadium with a grandstand on each side of the field and a track running between the field and the stadium, everything gets bigger: the area the light has to cover, the number of lux needed, the size and strength of the poles and the overall cost of the LED sports lighting system.

The equipment and installation costs for most football stadium lighting systems is in the low six-figures. That assumes LED lamps, which are the go-to for every level of play. 

Advantages of LED lighting are obvious to players and fans

At the basic level of the players and fans, the light from LEDs simply looks better. LED lamps create minimal glare and eliminate the “halo effect” of conventional halide lamps. This means when a player looks over his shoulder for the ball coming at him on a 40-yard timing route, he’ll be able to lock onto it and haul it in. No more losing track of the ball as it flies between a lamp and the player, no more sheepishly telling the coach “It got lost in the light.” Fewer bloopers, more highlights.

And the highlights will matter. The crisp look of LED lights are great for the cameras, too. Coaches and athletics directors will have more success attracting media to a football stadium with LED lights because these systems meet the broadcasters’ and streaming services’ visual / video criteria. More media means more exposure for the players and more money for the school from sponsors, advertisers and energized alumni and boosters.

Flexible, easy-to-control LED football stadium lighting systems reduce costs and hassle

Of course, Friday night is not the only night you’ll need lights, but on those other nights, you won’t need as much. LEDs have those situations covered. 

LED systems can easily be configured on-the-fly, and many systems can now be controlled remotely. This lets every coach adjust the lighting to exactly what he or she needs for the game or practice that night. The soccer coach can hold training with just the pitch lit up, and then the track coach can come in afterward and switch on the lights that cover the track and field event areas along the outside. Since neither have any spectators, they can keep the lamps covering the seating areas turned off. 

This reduces the overall electricity cost, and allows the facilities manager to monitor usage on a team-by-team basis. That can support the department’s energy reduction or sustainability goals, along with budget allocations and expenses: you’ll know who the power hogs are! And they’ll  know that, while your LED lighting system is efficient, the electricity’s not free. 

There’s something special about being under the lights on a Friday or Saturday night in the fall, whether you’re on the field or in the stands. Having the perfect lighting system for your football stadium will contribute to an experience everyone will be looking forward to throughout the year.

Cost of LED stadium lights

The cost of a floodlight system with LED lighting depends on the desired brightness, the product quality and the extent to which existing structures of the old system can continue to be used. The club should contact a planner or vendor that specializes in sports facilities or lighting in particular. A specialist can carry out a survey on the sports facility, its existing lighting infrastructure and match it with the sports facility operator’s needs and budget. The process can start right here by  running the costs through the LED outdoor floodlight cost calculator.