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Changing out your Gym Lighting to LED

A gymnasium lighting system is key to creating a friendly environment that appeals to those who use the facility. If your system lacks quality lighting, it may turn people away from enjoying their time and even worse; turn them away from coming back.

Whether you are a public or private school, a workout facility, or a just a building with a gym; the lighting system that goes specifically in that room is highly important.

The most common gym lighting systems we find that people have consist of either metal halide or high pressure sodium technology. The issues with these lights are extensive, and there is little to no upside with these technologies. Let’s go over the downsides of having these technologies in your facility:

They flicker. Metal halide and HPS lights are susceptible to flickering; it’s just the way they are made. If you have MH or HPS technology in your gym you may be experiencing this already, especially if your fixtures are older than a few years.

They buzz. This is basically the same situation as the previous; MH and HPS are susceptible to buzzing throughout their lifespan. Even worse, your lights could both flicker and buzz at the same time. This can cause issues for people in the gym and make it unbearable to stay for long or at all.

Lumen depreciation is bad. All lights depreciate in the amount of lumens they output, even LED. But the thing with HPS and metal halide is that they depreciate faster and overall more than LED products do. Overtime this can cause an under lit gymnasium which can eventually cause safety issues if it goes too far.

Energy usage is high. Compared to LED fixtures, MH and HPS can use up to 75% more energy per fixture just to produce the same amount of light. So while you might need a 400w metal halide light, a comparable 105w LED could output the same amount of lumens (or light) as the 400w MH fixture does. It just doesn't make sense long or short term to have these old and outdated technologies installed.

Below we will discuss the best alternative to these technologies, the upsides, and basically an over
view on why you should start considering LED products over your metal halide or HPS fixtures.

The Best Alternative to Metal Halide and HPS Gym Lighting Technologies

As we've talked a bit about in this article it's probably already apparent to where this section was headed. The best alternative to these technologies is LED, and by a long shot. Below we list the obvious and not-so-obvious upsides of a gym lighting LED system.

And before we get into the details, we want to share a visual. Here is a before and after photo of an LED conversion within an actual gymnasium:

The results from this real life conversion are apparent. The bottom picture shows obvious improvements. But what's on the back end (such as savings) is what makes this whole thing even that much better.

Benefits of LED Gym Lights

Here are the upsides of LED technology in your gymnasium:

Higher quality of light.
Gym LED lighting (and LED in general) offers better and wider range of color temperatures and Color Rending Index ratings. On top of this; LED will never flicker, buzz, and lumen depreciation is much slower and generally less than other technologies like we previously discussed. All of which are highly important when defining a quality lighting system.

Reduce in energy usage.
Looking to reduce your lighting energy costs? Well, LED will do just that and not by a small amount either. LED can reduce your lighting energy usage by up to 75% depending on your existing lighting system in place currently. This can improve your bottom line, save your company / organization money, all while improving your spaces quality.

Rebate eligible.
By buying commercial lighting that is DesignLights Consortium qualified

Longer life span.
LED products offer a considerably longer life span than it's competing light technologies. LEDs can last 2-3 or even 4 times longer than other lights which reduce costs in two ways:

1. Less buying of new light bulbs
2. Less changing of bulbs = less maintenance costs

By having to change your bulbs less often, you don't have to pay a maintenance crew to switch out the bulbs as often. And since they lights are typically high in the air this can get pricey especially when you have 20, 30, or even 40 lights to switch out. LEDs will reduce your maintenance costs by 2-3 times.

Types of Lighting Used

If we've caught your attention so far, it's time to share what exactly is being installed into gymnasiums. Since most gyms have very high ceilings; we typically install high bay fixtures or retrofits into existing fixtures.

The difference between full fixture replacement and a retrofit in simple terms is this; a full replacement involves removing the light source and the fixture it resides in. While a retrofit is simply a replacement of the old light source with a new one. Here we further outline the difference of full replacement vs retrofitting and the benefits of both.

Have any more questions about the best option for your gym lighting needs? Write to us, request a quote, or give us a call at (888) 423-3191 for any information you desire.

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