LED Driving Range Lighting for Night Practice
Access Fixtures lighting specialists are often approached by golf architects and country club owners and managers who are looking to light their outdoor driving ranges. With many club members’ work schedules becoming more and more demanding, some golf courses and driving ranges are beginning to stay open after dark, which means that lighting must be installed in previously unlit areas. Access Fixtures has created ways to illuminate driving ranges with energy-efficient, high-powered fixtures using custom solutions to fit any need.
Many Driving Ranges Now Offering Nighttime Play
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Playing golf at night didn’t become possible until fairly recently with the advent of metal halide sports lighters. People’s modern schedules and lifestyles have created a need for golf courses to allow for nighttime play and practice. Property managers know this and are making the necessary adjustments to keep courses open for longer hours.
Because golf courses and driving ranges come in many unique configurations, there are no standard driving range dimensions. However, there are several general questions we ask of property managers and country club owners who are seeking to light their driving ranges.
- The average length of a driving range is around 330 yards long. What are the dimensions of the driving range?
- Driving ranges may be standalone or they may be incorporated as part of a country club. Urban areas tend to see more standalone driving ranges as space is an issue. Is your driving range attached to a country club or standalone?
- The absolute minimum acreage for a driving range is 2. Most modern driving ranges are laid out over 15-17 acres. What is the allover size of your driving range play area?
- The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recommends 20 footcandles at the tee box and 10 footcandles of vertical illuminance at 600’. Access Fixtures high performance lighting solutions can enable you to meet these light requirements or the specifications you require.
As you can see, each driving range lighting project is going to be specially tailored. Access Fixtures can recommend custom lighting solutions as general guidelines for illuminating driving ranges at night. Speak with a lighting specialist to determine the exact dimensions and lighting needs for your driving range.
Driving Range Light Fixtures
We generally recommend using powerful LED fixtures from our line of sports lighting. High powered lighting works best in an environment like a driving range because of its focused optics and high wattage.
Access Fixtures’ APTI sports lighter is the best and most obvious choice for lighting a driving range. They are L70 rated at 200,000 hours and are available with multiple mounting options for any style of driving range. For driving ranges with sheltered tees, APTI fixtures can be bracket-mounted on top of the tee shelter. For unsheltered tees, APTIs may be mounted on poles behind the players. APTI sports lighters come in a wide range of wattages, Kelvins, and finishes. They also come with a 5-year Access Fixtures warranty.
For a project like a driving range, Access Fixtures lighting specialists recommend applying for a photometric analysis. This will allow for the simulation of the lighting conditions of your driving range and create a computerized generation using our APTI fixtures. A photometric analysis is highly recommended for driving range projects and other golf lighting projects in order to achieve the highest-quality results.
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