Lighting solutions for indoor sports
A hall with a game or activity area of 40 x 20 metres for handball, bandy, volleyball, basketball, pretty much anything. Regardless of the sport, you have to have enough light in the playing area. For competitions and matches the normal light level is set at 750 lx on the floor, with lower levels during exercise or school physical education. Vertical illumination is equally as important so the participants can see both the movement of the ball and the opponent. The positioning of the luminaires is important to avoid the players being effected by glare and their concentration disturbed.
The basketball court occupies a smaller area in the hall, and it’s possible to add a theatrical element and createa sense of occasion. The actual basketball court should be much lighter than the surrounding area, with the markings of the court clearly visible. The very nature of the multipurpose hall encourages the inclusion of lighting controls for maximum flexibility.
A recommended solution for large halls for handball, bandy etc.
32 pcs Excis LED medium beam with a flow of 20,000 lm.
Mounting height 7 m
Average illumination 530 lux
The solution meets the uniformity requirement and the glare index inaccordance with the sports hall standard EN 12193:2018 and with Class IIfor training and competing in lower divisions.
Control of the multi-purpose hall
There are many different varieties of sports hall but whatever its construction factoring in DALI lighting control att he planning stage is advisable.
Sometimes there is a folding partition wall in the centre enabling physical education lessons to be split over two areas or the hall is twice the size with a partition wall in the middle to make two full-sized playing areas. Some halls divide the surface into smaller sections, these divisions with partition walls should also divide occupancy detection in the premises.
- The luminaires in a sports hall must also be robust and impact resistant, with a durable louvre or guard.
- With the help of an occupancy detector that switches off the lights after a period of inactivity it is possible to make significant energy savings.
- It is common for a sports hall to be divided into several sections with the help of partition walls, so that parallel lessons can take place in smaller areas. Automatic division of the lighting with the use of partition walls is possible with a control system.
- Check the vertical illumination (possibly) at the playing surface so the level is sufficient to see balls and faces in a good way.
- Luminaires must have an excellent cut-off to avoid glare as pupils regulary look up towards the ceiling.
Hockey is one of the fastest team sports and requires a lot of light, for players, referees and spectators. The lighting needs to contribute towards the contracts between the puck and the ice with excellent uniformity so everyone involved can clearly see what is happening. In a non-televised context 500-600 lux on the ice is sufficient but when broadcasting this has to be at least 1000 lux often more. During the initial line-ups and breaks lower levels are common place with spotlights following the players as they move around the rink, assuming the system is optimised with lighting control.
Solution with 600 lux
The solution meets the uniformity requirement in accordance with the sports hall standard EN 12193:2018 and with Class II for training and competing in lower divisions.
68 pcs Induflex wide beam 20,000 lm.
Mounting height 7 m
Average illumination 600 lux on the ice.
Solution with 1200 lux and 1500 lux
The following are examples of two common levels for games in higher divisions, where TV broadcasts can also occur.
Solution with 1200 lux
136 pcs Induflex medium beam 21,500 lm.
Mounting height 11 m
Average illumination 1200 lux on the ice.
Lösning med 1500 lux
129 pcs Induflex medium beam 21,500 lm in the middle five rows.
46 pcs Induflex narrow beam 21,500 lm in the outer row on each side.
Mounting height 11 m
Average illumination 1500 lux on the ice.
Halls for tennis are designed slightly differently and have different lighting requirements than conventional multipurposehalls. Normally they are lit with 500 lux on the playing surface with the addition of an area of 2 metres beyond the side line and 3 metres behind the baseline.
To avoid glare at serve and smash when the gaze is directed upwards, the luminaires are fitted along the sidesof the surface.
Tennis places high demands on the vertical light with a small ball, moving fast against a changing background.The vertical lighting is important because you need tosee the ball at different heights and be able to figure outwhere the ball is going and react quickly.
20 pcs Excis LED Asymmetric 20,000 lm
Mounting height 7 m (the luminaires are angled 15° towards the centre)
Average illumination 501 lx on the playing area including the surrounding area.
The solution meets the uniformity requirement and the glare index in accordance with the sports hall standard EN 12193:2018 and Class II for training and competingin lower divisions.
A squash hall is a little different from other halls because even the walls are playing surfaces where the ball can bounce. Therefore it is important to also consider the illumination and uniformity of the walls in a calculation The luminaires should be positioned at least one metre from the side walls to avoid glare.
The vertical lighting is important because you need to see the ball at different heights and be able to figure out where the ball is going and react quickly.
8 pcs Excis LED Asymmetric 20,000 lm
Mounting height 5.6 m
Average lighting 760 lux on the playing surface, 506 lux on the front wall, 470 lux on the side walls and 420 lux on the back wall.
The solution meets the uniformity requirement and the glare index in accordance with the sports hall standard EN 12193:2018 and the Measurement Book from SKL in accordance with Class 1 for competing in higher divisions.
Standards for lighting in sports halls
The standard EN 12193:2018 Light and lighting - Sportslighting, defines the requirements for the lighting ofsports facilities for various sports divided into threeclasses where one can find light levels for school sport,training and competitions at various levels.