Every kid that has grown up playing a sport shares one thing in common, the dream of playing “Under the Big Lights”. In the classic scene from The Sandlot, the kids go out on the 4th of July to play under the fireworks because it was “the only night of the year the sky was lit up like the big leagues.” High School Stadium lights have become so iconic that the phrase “Friday Night Lights” has become a universally understood term, tv show, and movie. Playing under the lights is truly one of the most magic things in sports. But few consider the ‘magic’ that goes into the engineering and design of the ubiquitous lights.
For decades, stadiums have used metal halide lights. From big league parks down to your neighborhood fields, metal halide lamps where the answer. But much like the candle has given way to the far superior light bulb, a new trend is emerging as the superior answer to an outdated norm. LED lighting is changing the way stadium operators and facilities managers look at sports lighting. It is also changing the way that the players and bystanders look at the game. A notable trait of LEDs that makes them stand apart from traditional lighting is how they illuminate in a more even fashion, allowing them to cover the field of play more fully and with more clarity.
The quality of the light emitted from LED lights is also of a higher quality compared to their traditional counterparts. Optimally tuned light spectrums create greater visual acuity, the ability to see detail in the human eye. The last thing you want on the field is to have to combat uneven lighting and poor visual detail in addition to the complexities of the game you’re playing. LED lights eliminate that. Gone are the images of the coach flipping on the switch, hearing the powering up of the lights and watching them slowly come to life under the loud hum of outdated lighting ballasts.
Aside from the quality, there is significant financial benefits for stadiums considering the switch to LEDs. LEDs can save up to 60% in costs over time versus the metal halide lighting systems of the past. Additionally, many organizations and teams have become more conscious of their energy habits. LED lighting is “instant-on” meaning the is no wasted energy waiting for the lamps to heat up and, eventually, reach full brightness like is the case with traditional HID sports lighting systems. Major League sports facilities have started a movement towards a more “green” environment. This trend has spread from the professional level, towards the collegiate and down. High efficiency LED field lighting not only impacts the quality of light, but the energy output. This is better for the world and for the wallet.
As a leader in the LED industry, Global Tech LED stands as the perfect answer for organizations and teams looking to switch their fields to LEDs. Global Tech offers hundreds of USA made LED fixtures and retrofit kits backed by a 10-year guarantee. The next you are out at a game “buying some peanuts and Cracker Jacks” don’t forget to stop and take in the feeling of being under the lights.
For more information, check out Global Tech LED’s Sports Lighter line – GTL-SP-50AR26, the GTL-SP-50AR19 and the GTL-Titan. All made in the USA, they are proudly among the longest lasting, lowest costing and most energy efficient LED sports lights in the world.