Football stadium lights | 2022 latest buyer’s guide

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Many people are curious about the football stadium lights? And what kind of lights should use for the football stadium or other sports field ? The following content will tell you everything, even as the end user, after read these, you will know how to choose the best LED stadium lights.

Section 1: What are Football Stadium Lights?

The lights in the stadium are mainly divided into the lighting lamps for the stadium and the lighting lamps for the auditorium. The stadium lighting fixtures use high-power, high-intensity stadium lighting fixtures. The lamp above the auditorium is the general lighting used in the factory, but pay attention to its ability in emergency situations to ensure the safe evacuation of the audience in the event of an accident.

Section 2: What You Need to Know About Stadium Lights?

How to choose the best football stadium lights? 2022 latest buyer’s guide

1.Beam angle

1.Beam angle football stadium lights

Unlike LED floodlights, stadium lights usually have a smaller angle of light, less than 30 degrees.

The space height of the stadium is very high, and it needs the light intensity of several million candela to get the illuminance requirements for TV broadcast of major international games.

2.Accurate light distribution and diverse light distribution

When lighting stadiums, multiple light beams intersect and cooperate with each other to achieve the lighting effect. After the lamps are installed and fixed on the spot, not only the requirements of illuminance and uniformity on the horizontal plane and illuminance and uniformity on the vertical plane must be met, but also the angle of incidence of light must be controlled so as not to cause glare to the players in the active position and field of view The impact of the level of performance, but also does not overflow into the auditorium.

2.Accurate light distribution and diverse light distribution


For gym / amateur training, amateur competition / professional training, and professional competition lighting in stadium lighting, since TV broadcasting is not required, the color rendering index of the light source is not so high, only the color rendering index Ra value is greater than 65 . However, for TV broadcast national games / international games and TV broadcast major national games / major international games, these two stadium lighting levels require TV broadcast. In order to ensure the vivid color of the TV broadcast, the requirements for the color rendering index are also much higher. The Ra value needs to be greater than 80, and the requirements for the “HDTV broadcast major national games / major international games” level are higher, and the Ra value needs to be greater than 90.

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Lights used in sports venues, the power will not be too small. For example, large football stadiums usually need 800W and 1000W LED football stadium lights. With such a high-power lamp, heat dissipation becomes a big problem. If the heat dissipation is poor, the consumption of the lamp will increase.

With Special superconducting heat pipe + Cooling fin, MECREE stadium lights junction temperature< 65℃, heat energy can be released quickly. 80% of others on the market junction temperature at least>100℃. For the LED light, if junction temperature>70℃, lights decay falls so quick and affect the lifespan. Apart from chip heat dissipation, we also ensure that each COB temperature difference is <3%, thus ensuring LED life and overall performance. Our lifespan>80,000hours, if the lights working 5 hours per day, then can work for 43 years.

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Glare means the strong light that make the players or audience feel discomfort or even irritated.

In the gym / part-time training level of stadium lighting, the glare index requirement is less than 35, and the glare index requirements for the remaining five levels are less than 30. If the glare value is too high, it will cause glare effects at multiple positions and different angles in the stadium. Athletes will feel dazzling and cause interference, which is not good for the body and mind in the long run.

Especially for high power LED lights, if there is no special design on the LED chips, people may feel dazzling when looking at the lights. We have the patented design on the anti-glare lens that reduce the dazzling effect by 40%.

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This feature is important for professional sports courts that hold televised competition. Fluorescent and metal halide lights are susceptible to flickering under camera because of the brightness significantly fluctuate under low frequency. This greatly affect the user experience because of uneven brightness.

Nonetheless, the new era LED lights are compatible to 6000 Hz slow motion camera and the fluctuation rate is less than 0.3% (based on maximum lumen).

7.Color temperature

Color temperature football stadium lights

In HDTV broadcast major national competitions / major international competitions, the color temperature is required to be around 5500K, and the remaining five levels require a color temperature of around 4000K. The light emitted by light sources with a color temperature below 3500K is called warm white ), The light emitted by the light source between 3500K and 5500K is called Natural White, and the light emitted by the light source above 5500K is called Cool White. The color temperature of the MECREE stadium dedicated lamp Can be customized between 4000K to 5500K.


Have you ever worried that the lights will be installed in very high place, if they are unforeseeably damaged, how to maintain it or how to replace it? Ours are patent signal module design, one LEDs failed won’t affect others. Instead of removing the entire light, we can just replace the broken unit (or module) by simple soldering.

9.Spill Light (Light up your field, not your neighbor ’s house)

Light pollution affects the daily lives of surrounding residential areas, and the strong lights may also blur the vision of the road users nearby. According to the international standard, the brightness of the spill light should not exceed 10 to 25 lux. By having the comprehensive lighting design, we can suppress the unwanted light in the greatest extent.

Section 3:Designing your football stadium

Football field lighting design standards you should know

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Section 4:Where to use LED Stadium Lighting?

1.LED Football field Floodlights

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2.Cricket court

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3.Baseball field

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4.Tennis court

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5.Basketball court

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Section 5:Why do stadium lighting need to be replaced with LED lights?

A.Is stadium lighting really that important?

I believe most people’s understanding of stadium lighting still stays at “the stadium lighting? As long as it can be bright, it can be seen at night!” This appearance.

But is this really the case? As long as the stadium lights are bright, can they be seen?

In the past, when the technology was not so advanced, and people did not pay much attention to the equipment construction of stadiums, most of the stadium lights used metal halide lamps. However, the metal halide lamp has a slow start speed and requires a certain amount of time to start. After turning off, it needs at least 3-5 minutes to turn on again. A high temperature is also generated during the ignition point, a protective cover is required, and the metal halide lamp light source contains mercury and other highly polluted substances, which affects the quality of people during exercise.

In recent years, with the rise of green lighting, more environmentally friendly and energy-saving lamps have gradually appeared in people’s vision, and gradually replaced traditional lighting sources. At the same time, as people’s participation in sports has increased, the lighting of sports venues It is also getting more and more attention. In order to provide athletes and spectators with a comfortable lighting environment, it is particularly important to control the glare of lighting fixtures in stadiums. Sports venue lighting design used to only solve the problem of environmental illuminance. Obviously, such a design is undesirable in sports lighting. Sports lighting can’t just look at the illuminance without considering the glare effect brought by high-luminance lamps. How to reduce the influence of glare and ensure the uniformity of illuminance is an important issue when the illuminance requirements are met.

Why do stadium lights take long to turn on?

The warm-up period referred to is what you’re used to seeing at a large stadium or recreational fields when their metal halide lamps first get turned on. The bulb has a very dim glow that gradually intensifies as it runs for longer periods of time. The reason for this is in the mechanical construction of the light itself. Metal halide is an arc lamp. It functions similarly to other high intensity discharge (HID) lights like mercury vapor, high pressure sodium, and fluorescent bulbs. Special salts inside the tube (a mixture of mercury and metal halides) are vaporized into plasma during the operation of the bulb. The bulb has to heat up to a tremendous temperature (several thousand degrees celsius) to operate. As the light heats up, the internal salts evaporate and the quality of the light output changes. This takes time to get to full power (thus the warm-up period).

While the metal halide lights are ubiquitous at stadiums across the country, they are getting replaced more and more by LED lighting technology. Metal halide does provide high quality lighting, but there are some definite drawbacks to its use; for instance, the inability to switch the lights back on after they have been turned off. They also consume a large amount of energy, and require a warm-up period. With an LED lighting, these issues are eliminated – and a lot of sports venues are making the switch already.

B: Compared with traditional lamps, the advantages of LED lamps?

Below are some key benefits of LED sports field lighting;

Immediate full brightness

Instant brightness when you turn the switch on. Led has no warm-up time so full lights come on straight away. Perfect for turning lights on and off between matches or training sessions. Thus, saving costs on the electricity bill.

Zero Maintenance

The light bulbs last approximately 70,000 hours. No need to always having to change lightbulbs.

Save over 60% on energy bills

Conventional lighting consumes much more energy compared to LED lighting. Which then relates savings on the electricity bill.

Spill Control

Traditional lighting shows an array of uneven lighting. Led lighting showcases a fine bright white light on the entire field, at an even intensity. They resemble daylight, making it easier to enhance gameplay.

80,000 hour life expectancy

If you do the math on many hours you use your lights, it’s pretty much a lifelong deal.

IP66 for all weather conditions

Meaning no water and dust in your lights.

Many beam angles

Each individual LED lights can be position differently, giving a better lighting result on the field.

High lumen efficiency – up to 160 lumens per watt

High lumen per watt means the brighter it is for the less electricity you will use.


There are all kinds of lights on the market, which is very confusing. Hope the above mentioned can help you find the right football stadium lighting design. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us
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MECREE are committed to offer the right solution for every sport field including to football, baseball, cricket, hockey and professional stadium.

MECREE has launched the following series of LED Sport Stadium Lighting:

  1. SPL series stadium lights are designed for 160 feet to 1000 feet of lighting distances and 4K, 8K HD broadcasting.
  2. AFL series stadium lights are designed for lighting distances from 50 feet to 330 feet and improve the brightness uniformity.
  3. P73 series stadium lights are designed for the precise light control needs of the North American and European markets. The Upward Light Ratio of the P73 series LED stadium lights is 0%.


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Our precisely engineered optics of polarized light aim light directly onto the field of play, to shine uniformly and to minimize glare. Outdoor venues benefit from spill light control, no more skyglow and no more complaints from the neighbors.


1. Such light shield is useless,just misleading customers.
2. As tested it will cause 30% reduction of light output
3. While 70% still have high overflow
4. Unbearable strong glare
5. Waste energy,outdated reflective technology




The power supply and lamp body can be mounted separately, reducing the withstand weight of the lamp pole and facilitating maintenance.



Customized crossarms are available to meet all your existing old poles without replacing the main rod, crossarms bolt directly to light pole, easy and accurate installation saves time, ensures performance, safety and reliability,also lower the budget.

What can MECREE do for you?

We are not only a manufacturer of high-power LEDs, More professional services are also included:
Provide the most suitable solution through light simulation calculation. Design of Lighthouse, parameters required for building foundation, (axial force, shear force, bending force). High power generator set supporting,circuit design service,cable supply. We are your best supply chain manager! One stop service for you! Of course, lighting solutions for other fields are also included. Save you time,unnecessary costs and greater benefits.

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