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Arena Lighting Calculator | Horse Arena Lighting Design

Get Your Free Horse Arena Lighting Plan

What Is Included With A Lighting Plan?

  • Custom lighting layout with count & placement
  • Foot candle and light balance calculations
  • Light fixture recommendation and quote
  • Dedicated lighting specialist to assist with your project

How long does it take to get a plan?

Indoor1-2 business days
Outdoor2-3 business days


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Poor lighting caused parking lot safety issues for spectators. Our lighting plan & new lights resulted in an improved experience.
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What is Horse Arena Lighting Design?

Horse Arena Lighting Design is a process we offer to model lighting in an indoor or outdoor horse arena. Using our horse arena light fixtures, we create a visual plan for either indoor or outdoor arenas. The report will show the expected light levels, the locations of the lighting fixtures, and light balancing.

How Many Lumens Do You Need to Light a Riding Arena?

Lumens is not necessarily the best approach here. We would recommend that you start with the foot candles needed. Then let us create a lighting plan that will specify the proper light fixture to meet your needs. For those who need lumens per sq ft, the formula is 1 lumen/sq ft = 1-foot candle. We can provide a foot candle recommendation for your specific space if needed.

Are There Any Special Considerations for Indoor Horse Arena Lighting Design or Outdoor Horse Arena?

It’s particularly important to make sure the light is balanced across the arena space, whether it’s an indoor riding arena or an outdoor arena. It is easier to achieve balance in indoor arenas since led horse arena lighting can be mounted from above. It’s not just about brightness or energy-efficient, bright lights. It’s also about light balance across the entire arena, light distribution, and providing the perfect lighting solution.

What are the Recommended Horse Arena Lighting Standards?

For a small horse arena for recreational use, we would recommend equestrian lighting levels between 5 and 15 foot candles depending on the size of the arena. Generally, the illuminance of a training outdoor arena can be put between 150-250 lux (15 to 25 foot candles). For hunter/jumper training the recommended illuminance is higher and goes up to 400 lux (40 foot candles) and for dressage minimum is 500 lux (50 foot candles).

What is an Arena Lighting Design Calculator?

An arena lighting calculator is a simple tool that will give you an estimate of the number of lights you might need to meet the requirements. But it’s only a starting point. More importantly, where the LED lights should be installed, and whether the lights need a specific optic or beam angle can only be discovered with a lighting plan.

We’ve heard a few horror stories where customers only use calculators and then find out the lighting is horrible. The type of light you choose is even more important than the number of fixtures you use.

What are the Most Important Criteria for Designing a Lighting Plan for a Horse Arena?

The two most important criteria are light levels and balanced lighting. Horses do not like shadows, so having the light show up balanced without shadows and bright spots is the goal of a successful lighting plan. If you install the lights we specify in the lighting plan where we indicate they should go, you should have a successful result.

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