Indoor Shooting Range Lighting Guidelines


When firearms are involved near any lighting fixtures, special consideration must always be taken to ensure the safety of shooters. Indoor shooting ranges must always be properly and evenly lit and these locations require careful thought and planning on behalf of lighting professionals. Cutting corners in the lighting design of an indoor shooting range could result in highly unsafe conditions. Access Fixtures has curated several LED lighting solutions that will work for indoor shooting ranges that address both lighting and safety concerns of patrons. Although indoor shooting ranges are not standard in length, width, or number of lanes, these guidelines are widely-applicable suggestions that can benefit anybody looking to light their indoor range.



Indoor Shooting Range Lighting Requirements

Due to the unique setup of indoor shooting ranges, they have equally unique lighting requirements. Learn about these requirements and why they matter from a safety and functionality standpoint.

  • Glare – Too-harsh lighting creates serious visibility and safety issues for shooters. Being blinded by a light in your face is just annoying when you’re walking down the street, but when you have a firearm in your hands it is just plain dangerous!
  • Even Lighting – For professional and indoor competitive shooters, starting off on equal footing with the shooter next to you is mandatory. It is crucial to maintain even lighting downrange and in each shooting lane to ensure accuracy and uniformity.
  • Low-profile – Spending hundreds of dollars on a lighting system only to have someone shoot and destroy the fixtures within a week is every shooting range manager’s nightmare. Lighting must be tucked away or recessed in order to prevent this scenario.
  • Bright Staging Area – Being able to see your firearms, ammunition, and other equipment in the staging area is crucial.
  • Dust-proof – Discharged ammunition generates lead dust. While there are always ventilation systems in place to prevent harmful lead buildup in any reputable indoor shooting range, some of this dust can eventually infiltrate light fixtures and make them less effective.
  • Long-Lasting – This doesn’t just apply to shooting range lighting, but no one wants to be changing a light bulb or a fixture every month or even every year.
  • Color Temperature – It is recommended that light in indoor shooting ranges should not lean too warm or cool.
  • Dimmable – 0-10v dimming is recommended for indoor shooting ranges. It is especially useful when conducting police training exercises to simulate real-life lighting scenarios.

EPTA: The Bright Choice

Access Fixtures’ EPTA linear fixture is a durable and versatile LED fixture that is perfect for indoor shooting ranges. It is sleek, efficient, and long-lasting. EPTA LED fixtures can be installed above or between ballistic baffles or serrated ceilings. These fixtures provide the most even and reliable lighting. Read the list of features below to see why EPTA linear fixtures are a perfect option for indoor shooting ranges.

  • LM70 rated at over 200,000 hourslinear lighting
  • Access Fixtures 5-year warranty
  • Choice of 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K
  • Choice of many different optics for the most efficient lighting
  • 130 lumens per watt
  • Choice of wattages includes 20w, 30w, 60w, 90w, 120w, and 150w
  • Standard 70+ CRI but 80+ and 90+ available at a small additional cost
  • Mounting options include knuckle mount, bracket mount, and suspension cables
  • IP67 – Dustproof, bug-proof, waterproof and perfect for dirty and wet locations
  • 0-10v dimming provides solution for law enforcement training


HIIO: Another Option

Another lighting option is the use of our HIIO high bay fixture. Instead of hanging these fixtures from the ceiling like a typical high bay, these can be mounted with a U-bracket  right underneath the staging area facing down each lane in an indoor gun range. This creates a spotlight effect downrange. While the HIIO fixtures do not come with quite as many options as the EPTA offers, this option is more cost-effective and will still light an indoor gun range successfully. Contact an Access Fixtures lighting specialist to determine which option will be best for your application. The location of the HIIO fixture is pictured as a red circle in the diagram to the right.

  • LM70 rated at over 50,000 hours
  • IP66 rating with built-in heat sinks
  • Access Fixtures 5-year warranty
  • Choice of 60, 90, or 120 degree optics
  • U-bracket mount
  • 100w, 150w, or 185w
  • 70+ CRI

Need a Photometric Analysis for Your Project?

A photometric analysis is a computer simulation of a particular project. Whether using these fixtures to illuminate a parking lot, athletic field, rail yard, dock, or something else entirely, a photometric analysis is an easy way to quantify your light levels before making a big purchase. This service will provide average footcandles, max/min (uniformity) ratios, minimum footcandles, light trespass levels, and more. When the report(s) are generated, a lighting specialist will walk you through them, page by page, so you know exactly what you will be receiving. Call us at 800-468-9925 or email for more information about ordering a photometric analysis for your project.

Ready to Speak to a Lighting Specialist?

If you need some additional information about this type of project, give us a call at 800-468-9925. Of course, you can place your order online, right here, but our team is available to answer any questions that may come up. Does your project require multiple fixtures? Ask us about quantity discounts. We are here to provide anything you need to purchase fixtures and illuminate your project with confidence.