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LED high bay lights for gymnasiums, fitness centers and other sports venues

LED High Bay Lights for Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Sports Venues

Gyms, fitness center, sports training facilities, and sports venues may vary in size, but they all have one thing in common. They need an appropriate amount of quality illumination to support the athletes and their sports.  This page will detail the advantages and features of LED high bay lights for gyms, fitness center, sports training facilities, and other sports venues.

LED High bay Lights for Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Training Facilities 

Introduction to LED High Bay Lights for Gyms, Fitness Centers, Sports Training Facilities and Other Sports Venues

LED high bay lights are the most popular lighting solution for gyms, fitness centers, sports training facilities and sports venues. Designed for ceilings from 10 feet to 60+ feet, LED high bay lights provide bright, uniform, and energy-efficient lighting that enhances visibility, safety, and an ideal environment for a productive workout session.

LED high bay lights are designed to replace traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, such as metal halide, high-pressure sodium, and mercury vapor lamps, which consume more energy, produce more heat, and require frequent maintenance.

LED high bay lights also have environmental benefits that help households, businesses and institutions to meet their green initiatives. Also, LED high bay lights do not contain hazardous materials, such as mercury, which can be harmful to the environment.

LED high bay lights in residential gym 

What Are LED High Bay Lights?

LED high bay lights are a type of light fixture that is designed to illuminate medium and large indoor spaces with high ceilings ranging from 10 to 60+ feet. They are characterized by their high lumen output, long lifespan, and low energy consumption.

LED high bay lights use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the light source, which are mounted on a heat sink to dissipate heat and prolong the LED’s life. Using different wattages and optics, LED high bay lights can be used in just about any size sports facility from a small gym in a home to a professional sports facilty with televised events and everyhting in between. 


LED High Bay Lights with Adjustable Wire Mount 

Advantages of LED High Bay Lights for Gyms and Sports Facilities

Energy Efficiency

LED high bay lights are highly energy-efficient, which means that they consume less electricity than traditional lighting fixtures while producing the same or more light output. They use up to 80% less energy than High Intensity Discharge (HID) high bay lights such as Metal Halide (MH), resulting in significant energy savings and lower electricity bills. LED high bay lights also generate less heat than HID high bay lights, which means that they require less cooling and ventilation, leading to additional energy savings.

Durability and Longevity

LED high bay lights have a long lifespan compared to traditional lighting fixtures. They can last up to 200,000 hours or more, depending on the quality of the LED chips, the driver, and the heat sink. This means that LED high bay lights require less frequent replacement and virtually no maintenance, resulting in lower maintenance costs and less downtime for gym owners. LED high bay lights are also more durable than HID lamps, as they are resistant to shocks, vibrations, and temperature changes.

Bright and Uniform Lighting

LED highbay lights provide bright and uniform lighting that enhances the visibility of gym users and spectators. The high lumen output of LED high bay lights ensures that there is no dark or dimly lit areas in the gym, which can be a safety hazard. Moreover, the even light distribution of LED high bay lights prevents glare and shadows, making it easier for athletes to focus on their workouts and competition. This type of lighting also creates a more inviting and welcoming atmosphere in the gym, which improves the overall experience.

Dimming and Control Options

LED high bay lights offer dimming and control options that allow gym owners to adjust the lighting levels based on their needs and preferences. For instance, dimming the lights during non-peak hours can save energy and reduce operating costs. Additionally, LED high bay lights can be integrated with smart lighting systems that enable remote control, scheduling, and automation of the lighting. This provides gym owners with greater flexibility and convenience in managing their lighting.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

LED high bay lights require less maintenance compared to traditional lighting fixtures. They do not require frequent lamp replacements or ballast replacements, which are common with HID lamps. Additionally, LED high bay lights do not produce as much heat as HID lamps, which reduces the wear and tear on other components such as the wiring and the fixtures. This leads to lower maintenance costs and less downtime for facility managers.

UPTA D 960 LED High Bay

HIIO LED High Bay Light, white, IP65 wet location rated, 80+ CRI, glare reducing lens. Shown with optional occupancy sensor. 

High Bay Replacement for 400w MH High Bay

Features of LED High Bay Lights for Gyms and Sports Venues

LED high bay lights for gyms and sports venues come with a range of features that can affect their performance, durability, and suitability for different gym environments. Some of the key features to consider when choosing LED high bay lights for your facility include:

Lumen Output and Footcandles Color Temperature

The lumen output of LED high bay lights determines the effciency of the light fixtures. At the present time, LED high bay lights typically emit 130 lumens per watt (LPW) and up to 160 LPW.  Footcandles is a measurement of the amount light emitted. The footcandles required will vary by each sport and the level of competition. For example a state level of recommended footcandles (fc) in a gymnasium is 50fc for practice and 80fc for sports events with spectators. 

Color Temperature

A color temperature of 4000K or 5000K is suitable for gymnasiums as it provides a natural white light that enhances visibility and focus. Higher Kelvin also increases LPW. For sports events that are televised, 5700 Kelvin is preferred. 

Beam Angle and Light Distribution

The beam angle of LED high bay lights determines the spread of the light. The objective is to provide even coverage of the gymnasium space, which is measured as a Max/Min ratio. A Max/Min ratio is the maximum light divided by the minimum light in the facility. Most indoor sports specify a Max/Min Ratio below 2.0. The light distribution of LED high bay lights is controlled by the beam spread. To avoid shadows, there needs to be a sufficient number of points of light, and each light must have the appropriate beam spread. The beam spread specified will be determined by the mounting height of the LED high bay lights. A quality LED high bay light with the right optics as specified in a lighting plan shoud be easily able to produce a Max/Min ratio of 1.5 or less. 

CRI and Flicker-Free Lighting

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) of LED high bay lights indicates how accurately the light source renders colors compared to natural light. A CRI of 80 or higher is recommended for gymnasiums to ensure that the colors are accurately represented. Flicker-free lighting is also important for gyms as it can reduce eye strain and headaches.

IP Rating and Water Resistance

The IP rating of LED high bay lights indicates their resistance to dust and water. For gymnasiums, an IP rating of at least IP65 is recommended to ensure that the lights can withstand moisture, sweat, and cleaning agents.

Mounting Options and Design

LED high bay lights can be mounted in various ways, such as ceiling-mounted, pendant-mounted, or wall-mounted. The mounting option and design of the LED high bay lights should be selected based on the gym layout, ceiling height, and aesthetic preferences.

Selecting the Correct LED High Bay Lights for Your Gym, Fitness Center, Sports Training Facility or Sports Venue

Choosing the correct LED high bay lights for your facility can be a daunting task, given the range of options available. By considering the following factors, you can select the LED high bay lights that best suit your requirements. Another option is to speak with an Access Fixtures lighting specialist:

Facility Size and Layout

The size and layout of your facility will determine the number and placement of LED high bay lights needed. A large with high ceilings will require more powerful LED high bay lights with a higher lumen output than a small facility. An Access Fixtures lighting engineer can perform a photometric study to determine the optimum wattage, optics and spacing of the lights to meet the facility’s requirements. 

Lighting Requirements

Consider the specific lighting requirements of your facility, such as the desired footcandles, color temperature, and Max/Min ratio. Also, consider dimming or daylighting control options needed for energy savings and convenience. As many gymnasiums do double duty as a sports venue and a social hall, dimming is essential to have different applications. Dimming also saves energy and changes the mood. A coach may want to train his basketball team at 50fc and crank up the lighting to 80fc for games.

Most LED high bay lights have 0-10v dimming or 1-10v dimming. This dimming system uses 5 wires or a dimming controller connected to the LED high bay light and a battery powered remote. Click here to learn more about how 0-10v and 1-10v dimming works and the dimmers required.

Durability and Reliability

Choose LED high bay lights that are durable and reliable. For example, a LED high bay light with a with a wide plastic diffuser lens, may get damages if it is hit by a ball. A LED high bay with a flat top might require bird spikes so birds that get in won’t perch or nest there. Also, a cheap LED high bay isn’t a bargain, when the LED driver fails and it requires an arial lift to replace the fixture.

Get a Photometric Study – Speak With a Lighting Specialist

Which high bay light is best for your application? What wattage is best? How many high bay lights do you need? Speak with an Access Fixtures’ lighting specialist. An Access Fixtures’ Lighting Specialist will be able to provide you with all the answers. If your project requires a photometric study, an Access Fixtures lighting specialist will work with one of our lighting engineers to provide you with one.

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