How LED Lighting Has Scored High in Savings for Sports Arenas

March 21, 2018

The stands are filled, the crowds roar in anticipation with their faces painted in team colors, and the bright lights of sports arenas illuminate every dunk, puck or foul.

When it comes to the lighting of large indoor and outdoor spaces, metal halides were once the gold standard for live sporting events. Their efficiency, in comparison to the available technology of the past, made them worth the investment. And the pure white light they emit made them versatile across various use cases.

However, time paired with present-day advancements have shined a light on the setbacks. Consider the fact that halides lose 5-10 percent of their brightness annually. Or that they can require 10 to 20 minutes when turned on to reach full brightness. For factors like these, it’s become increasingly clear that LEDs are the most viable options for future savings.

Savings in Maintenance

Compared to halides and their steady decrease in intensity year after year, LEDs provide an upgrade in experience and maintenance needs. Rather than having to replace thousands of bulbs every three to five years, operations teams can practically set it and forget it. For sports arenas, where lighting is of the utmost importance for not just those watching in the stadium but those watching on their television screens, this impact of LEDs is widely felt.

Savings in Cost

One of the biggest ways LED efficiency has been realized among sports arenas is in the savings of cost. Consider first the time in which it takes halide lighting to warm up. Because of this, most stadiums have had to find expensive workarounds, such as million-dollar shutter systems, for controlling the lighting throughout a game. Eliminating the need for this kind of auxiliary equipment means less spent on installation and upkeep.

In addition, the decrease in number of bulbs replaced regularly results in savings as well. And not just the large, overhead bulbs—sports arenas can use the versatility of LEDs to replace costly exit row halogen lighting as well.

Savings in Energy

Aside from the sheer size of a stadium, further lighting complications can arise when considering that many of them house multiple event types. The color temperature of the white light used becomes a factor as basketball courts get swapped out for hockey rinks. LEDs have made it possible to eliminate the need for separate lighting systems for each sport in favor of one centralized, energy-efficient alternative. Changes like this are why LEDs are now saving sports arenas 75-85 percent annually in energy costs.


From upkeep to energy, there’s no denying the advantages LED has brought to the world of live and broadcasted sports. See how you can channel some of these same savings and hit a home run for your business’ lighting system. Contact Go Beyond Lighting if you’re ready to make the switch!