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What Goes Into a Successful Gymnasium Lighting Design?

A successful gymnasium lighting design starts with understanding the physical space, the existing light locations (if preexisting) and the light level requirements. It also encompasses understanding the use of the gym and how any activity in the gym might affect light performance and lifespan (impact, for example).

Once this info is gathered, the lighting plan can be created and sent to the customer to ensure that what was modeled truly meets their needs and requirements.

What Are the Recommended Gym Light Levels?

Footcandle requirements can vary greatly depending on the use of the facility. Rec league and church gymnasiums may be adequately lit at 30 foot candles. Middle school and high school gymnasiums might want to achieve a range between 30 and 50 foot candles. University and college level gyms may want to try and achieve a higher level, 50 to 80.

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How Many Foot Candles Is Ideal for a Fitness Center?

Fitness centers need to be both bright and comfortable, so too bright is just as bad as not bright enough. A level of 30-40 foot candles should create a well lit and comfortable environment. However, it’s important to make sure the light is balanced across the entire space.

How Many Lumens Is Typical In a Gym?

There are some who think in terms of lumens per square foot instead of footcandles. For those that do, 1 lumen per square foot = 1 foot candle. So, if you are looking for 30 lumens per square foot, that is the same as 30 foot candles.

How Do You Ensure Low Glare When Designing Gymnasium Court Lighting?

We recommend using frosted lenses or glare reducing lenses on fixtures instead of clear lens fixtures that show LED diodes. A frosted lens is a good step for reducing glare when looking upwards towards the ceiling.

What Is a Gym Lighting Calculator?

A gym lighting calculator is really a fixture estimator tool that tries to give you an approximate count of fixtures based on the desired foot candles and fixture lumens. We provide that simple calculator on our site as well. However, it’s not a replacement for lighting plans. A lighting plan will also provide you with a fixture count but it will also map out where should the fixtures go, the foot candle readings across the floor space and how balanced the light across the floor will be. A lighting calculator cannot provide all this important information.