SPORTS LIGHTING BUYING GUIDE


Ancient Tech

HIDs are fast-becoming as antiquated as fax machines. Advanced LED technology performs better, lasts longer and can provide new levels of entertainment.

Back in the day...

Just a few years ago, choosing the right sports light was easy. The technology was simple and there really wasn't a lot of competition.

LED arrives

Then, a new technology hits. Lights suddenly went from a simple-electro mechanical process to high tech semi-conductor technology.

While much more complicated than HIDs, the numerous benefits of LED make it worth it.

New players

Technology companies like Sportsbeams Lighting entered the market. We offer performance and features that remain unmatched.

BUYING TIP #1

DEMAND TO SEE THE LIGHT

SEE IT UP CLOSE

You’re spending tens of thousands of dollars on a product that is supposed to last decades. Once it is installed, you’ll never get a chance to do an up close inspection.

Make sure you see the product up close and powered on. Check for build quality and glare before you commit.

SELECTING THE RIGHT LIGHT ​

Selecting the right sports lighting fixture isn’t as easy as simply selecting a light bulb for your home. Today’s LED fixtures are designed to last 20 years. And there’s a good reason for that. Once they go up on these high poles, they are very costly to service. Most manufactures want to build a high-quality product that will last for decades.

The challenge is to figure out which manufacturers simply say the right things vs. those who can prove they can accomplish what is needed. To decide which is which, buyers must be up to date on what constitutes a quality fixture as well as what it takes to properly light a field.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Value

    True value is often realized when the joy of a bargain fades and the pain of poor quality becomes evident.

  • Quality

    Manufacturing high tech fixtures requires decades of top-tier manufacturing experience.

  • Glare

    This is the biggest issue that high-power fixtures need to properly address.

  • Experience

    LED fixtures require a whole new level of experience in thermal management, clean-room production, advanced circuit design and rugged testing. Simple electro-mechanical experience does not translate to what’s needed for advanced LED design.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE

BUYING TIP #2

COMPARE LUMEN FOR LUMEN

GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

Too often, a manufacturer bids a lumen package that simply cannot meet the lighting requirements. Why do they do this?

  • Bidding fewer fixtures gives pricing advantage
  • They assume purchaser will not compare lumen for lumen bid
  • Existing poles cannot support necessary number of fixtures, so it’s easier to cheat the lighting design

  • COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES

    There are simple ways to ensure that customers are making the right comparison between two competing products. The easiest way is to simply compare the total lumen package. The less accurate, but still effective way, is to compare total energy draw. These simple calculations will ensure that manufacturer is bidding enough fixtures required to meet the lighting demands that the customer needs.


    LUMEN CHEAT SHEET

    This table provides a rough idea of the lumen package you should expect for a given field and playing level. There are variables, but in general, the manufacturer you choose should be able to show you the total lumen package you are purchasing. That package should be within a few percentage points of data shown below.

    ALL PHOTONS ARE CREATED EQUAL

    Some companies will try to claim that their photons are better than another. They claim to need 30% fewer lumens to get the same results as their competitors. That would be amazing if laws of physics could be changed so easily.

    The simple fact is, to achieve a required light level, a certain amount of lumens need to be delivered to the field.

    The comparison is simple to do. Take the total number of fixtures and multiply that by the number of lumens they are rated to deliver.

    For example, Manufacturer A has a fixture rated at 121,000lm and the manufacturer bids 50 fixtures. That's 6,050,000lm total. Manufacturer B has a fixture rated at 90,000lm and they bid 96 fixtures at 8,640,000lm total. Who is right?

    In most bids, pricing is the most significant factor. Manufacturer A knows they cannot match Manufacturer B's pricing on a lumen-to-lumen basis. That leaves them with every incentive to underbid the number of fixtures actually needed.

    BUYING TIP #3

    GET COMPETITIVE QUOTES

    DAYS OF AUTOMATIC AWARDING ARE OVER

    It used to be that there was only one major player in the market. With LED, companies like Sportsbeams can offer a much better product at a far better price.

    Save hundreds of thousands of dollars for your organization by seriously evaluating the best products on the market.