Create the Perfect Lighting for a Golf Course or Driving Range
A photometric analysis is a great way to visualize a proposed lighting solution. As well as the lumen output over a given area before purchasing LED luminaires.
Lighting engineers use photometric software to input the design and adjust a property’s layout. They add the fixtures, lighting poles, trees, buildings, and other features that affect the property’s lighting.
After the features are added, the photometric computes the lighting levels based on the data and gives a comprehensive layout. The results give foot candle measurements for different points across the property. Also the average measurements for the entire property.
The measurements enable lighting specialists to make recommendations regarding the number of fixtures needed and the specific types. They allow the specialists to create a good lighting design and not one based on guesswork. In case one layout does not work, the photometrics are modified and reevaluated.
This helps them to create the lighting solution before the fixtures are purchased. This prevents the frustrations and the high costs associated with making changes in the field. With a photometric analysis, you can see the exact light your golf course will have before installation.
LED Lights Make Golfing At Night Possible
Nighttime golfing was once a rare thing. On moonlight evenings, golfing enthusiasts would play the game using glow-in-the-dark balls. But, this would involve a lot of eye straining as the lighting fixtures used in golf courses were not powerful. But led golf course lighting changed all that. Nighttime golfing is now a reality and those who love the game can play into the night. For golf course owners, this is a welcome change as the courses remain open long after the sun has set.
Golf is unlike other outdoor sports as it is not limited to a small playing area. A typical golf course covers 150 to 200 acres of playing space. Lighting a golf course is no small undertaking. This is why some golf course owners never bother to change the lighting. Also, the installation and operation costs of golf course lighting have to be justified by golfers who take advantage of it.
HID lights, which were the go-to lights for golf courses a few years ago, are expensive to maintain. They do not have long life spans and the light output decreases according to the usage. Powerful LED golf course lighting has brought about a transformation. It's made nighttime golf possible and economical.
High-quality LED golf course lights produce sufficient amounts of light for nighttime golf. Also, it only uses 30% (or less) of the energy traditional lighting systems consume. The good thing about LEDs is they can be controlled and paired with intelligent systems. They detect natural light and adjust the light according to the ambient light. This ensures less electricity is used and enough light is generated.
Furthermore, LED lights do not have a warm-up and cool-down time. They attain full illumination as soon as electricity is fed to them. HID lights, such as metal halides and high pressure sodium lamps, have a warm-up and cool-down time. They must be switched on before darkness sets so they can produce ample light by the time it's dark. With LED lighting, golf course managers can turn the lights on and off as needed. This furthers decreasing energy consumption.
The prospect of nighttime golfing is appealing. Not only to golfers who are only able to play at night but also those who prefer the cooler temperatures. A lot of golfers, especially those in Southern parts of the U.S. with high temperatures during the summer months, prefer to play golf early in the day. Before the high temperatures make being outdoors uncomfortable.
Powerful LED golf course lighting allows golfers to play the game when temperatures are optimal. Golf GPS devices and rangefinders also work well under LED lighting. For golfers whose sight is a bit worse at night, bright LED golf course lights can help them to maintain their par — or even beat it.
While professional golf tournaments will be played in the day, well-illuminated golf courses give golfers alternatives for when they can play. Nighttime golf also enhances the appeal of the sport, given that there are many other sports to choose from.
LED for Miniature Golf Courses
LED spot-lights are used in miniature golf courses as they have a high luminous efficacy and are very reliable. For accuracy of illumination, the lights have optical lenses and different opening angles. In larger courses, the lights are paired with floodlights which provide good visibility over the entire golf course.
LED Lights for Nighttime Golf
Nighttime golf places very high demands on lighting as there must be enough light for adequate illumination. Golf differs from other sports played on fields as it is played on a much bigger field. High powered LED flood-lights are used to illuminate golf courses at night because they make golf balls as visible during the night as they are during the day.