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Ice Rink Lighting

Frequently Asked Questions

We asked our customers questions they had about LED Lighting Solutions for Hockey Rinks. Here’s a list of the most asked questions. If you couldn’t find an answer to the question below, call us at (888) 423-3191 and we’ll do our best to assist you.

General Information About Ice Rink Lighting

Do You Sell LED Lights for an Indoor and Outdoor Rink?

We do. We have great LED Indoor Hockey Rink Lights and Outdoor Hockey Rink Lights.

Are new LED Lights for Hockey Rinks Able to Run in Below Freezing Temperatures?

Yes, in fact, LEDs love the cold weather. We have many high-power solutions installed in Alaska that run all winter long. So lighting up an outdoor ice rink with LEDs is not going to be an issue.

What’s the Best LED Lighting for an Outdoor Ice Rink?

The best lighting can differ from rink to rink. It depends on your lighting requirements and the position of the poles. What works well for one rink may not be the best option for another. Creating a lighting plan is part of the process when it comes to finding the best light for your rink project.

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What Is the Best Lighting to Use for a Backyard Ice Rink?

Pole-mounted LED Flood Lights with a wide beam angle work well for these environments. They provide great coverage over the sheet of ice.

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What Are the Lighting Requirements for an Ice Hockey Rink?

Lighting requirements vary depending on the level of play. We have provided lighting plans for recreational hockey leagues with 20-foot candle. And college-level ice rinks at 80 fc to 100 fc across the ice surface.

Before You Buy: Ice Rink Lighting

What Is the Ideal Color Temperature for Hockey Rink Lighting?

Use 4000K or 5000K lights, and that seems to be the color temperature our customers request. 5000K is a good choice if you have metal halide lighting. There are a lot more 5000K options available and 5000K will provide great light.

Is a UFO or Linear Fixture Best for an Indoor Hockey Rink?

There are a few pros and cons with each choice. UFO lights are definitely more robust and can handle puck hits. UFO lights are a good choice if you have high mounting heights. Optics can narrow down the beam to make sure the ice is lit and not the stands.

Linear fixtures are a good option if you like the appearance of fluorescent lights. They also have a better light distribution. All things considered, we would lean towards UFO lights over linear lights.

I Want 80 Foot Candles on the Ice. What Do I Need?

For indoor rinks, the best option is to use High Bay LED Lights mounted from the ceiling

. Use anti-glare frosted or optic lenses, depending on the mounting height. For outdoor rinks, the best option is high-power pole-mounted flood lights.

The best fixture for your needs will depend a lot on the facility. Start by creating a lighting plan to determine the best option.

As an example, an indoor rink using 72 150 Watt UFO fixtures mounted 20 feet above the ice produces 86-foot candles. With an average/min ratio of 1.67 (this is very balanced lighting).

Do You Have LED Lights for Hockey Rinks That Will Work with 277-480 Volt?

The voltage ranges we offer are 100-277V, 347-480V, and 277-480V.

What Type of Bracket Should You Use to Mount Lights to a 4×4 Pole for a Backyard Hockey Rink?

We would suggest you use a trunnion/yoke mount. They accept bolts/lag bolts that you can use to secure the lights to a post. If you are installing many fixtures per pole, you can buy a bullhorn mount. They can support 2 to 4 fixtures and mount the fixtures with a slip fitter mount.

Should We Use a Wire Guard in Case a Puck Hits the Lights?

That depends on the fixture used. We have high-impact rated fixtures designed to survive a puck hit, so a wire guard is not required. If you decide to use a non-impact-rated fixture, then using a wire guard is recommended.

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Do LED Lights for Hockey Rinks Work with Lighting Controls?

They do. We can install photocells on outdoor fixtures and motion sensors on indoor fixtures.

Do the LED Lights for Hockey Rinks Work with Dimmers?

Yes, but make sure the fixture you have has either a 0-10V or 1-10V LED driver.

Installation Information On Ice Rink Lighting

How High Should You Mount Backyard Rink Lights?

Higher is better, but for small outdoor backyard rinks, 8-10 feet should work fine. The lower the installation height, the greater chance light glare will affect the players on the ice.

How Do You Shut Off the Lights at One End of the Rink When Practicing on the Other?

You would need to have 2 light circuits, one for each end of the rink.