SPORTS LIGHTING BUYING GUIDE
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.
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.
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
True value is often realized when the joy of a bargain fades and the pain of poor quality becomes evident.
Manufacturing high tech fixtures requires decades of top-tier manufacturing experience.
This is the biggest issue that high-power fixtures need to properly address.
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?
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.