What is a Gym Light Design?
A Gym Light Design is a way to view a proposed lighting solution for a gymnasium lighting space.
Using photometric / lighting plan software, you can model an gymnasium space accurately (length, width, height). The lighting plan software can also import existing layouts and CAD designs.
Lighting engineers can input fixtures at specific locations, angles, orientation and height. They can use existing light locations or provide new light positions to provide the best lumens and light distribution.
The software calculates light levels and provides a comprehensive visual layout report. The report displays calculation points representing the foot candle reading at that location.
What does a Gym Light Design Do?
It removes the risk of buying LED and ending up with bad results. When we do light design for our customers, we run multiple scenarios with different fixtures to get the light levels right. And its not just foot candles we’re looking at, we also watching to make sure the distribution levels are even across the gym floor. The last thing you want is a spotty surface with uneven light distribution.
When you receive a LEDLightingSupply photometric plan, there is a lot of information to review. To get the most out of the plan, its essential you understand the information.
150W LED UFO High Bay (24 fixtures)
Gym Lighting Plan Results
Below is an example of a school gym we helped re-light. We started with a lighting plan, and in this case, the existing lighting positions was not going to provide the proper distribution. The school moved forward with the project, and were ecstatic with the results.
Gym Lighting Calculator
What is a gym lighting calculator? Its typically an online tool where you enter your dimensions, lumens per fixture, and foot candle requirements and it calculates the number of fixtures you should buy. The only problem with this is it does not care about how even the light distribution is. Light distribution is calculated and visibly represented in a lighting plan. In a lighting calculator, all you get back is the number of fixtures you should purchase. It doesn’t tell you where they should be installed, or what the optimal layout should be.
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