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Hockey Rink Lighting

If you have an indoor or outdoor ice rink, MyLEDLightingGuide will help convert you over to LED lighting. We can replace both HID and fluorescent fixtures. And - LEDs love the cold!

Converting your ice rink to LED makes sense. It offers bright, high quality light while consuming a fraction of HID lights. Create brighter rink surface areas and save money on your operating costs up to 75%.

LED Lights for Hockey and Ice Skating Rinks

Hockey Rink Image

A challenge hockey rinks face is keeping their rinks open without having high utility and maintenance expenses. And its paramount that they provide high quality, glare free lighting.

Lighting plays an important role in a sports venue as it determines how athletes and fans feel in the venue. If the venue has good lighting, it enhances the experience for the athletes and spectators.

By their very nature, ice rinks are big energy consumers. Lighting is part of this consumption. Reducing lighting costs by 50-75% would go far to helping ice rinks budgets.


Why choose MyLEDLightingGuide Hockey Rink Lights?

1. Efficacy (Lumens Per Watt)

130 lm/w
150 lm/w
180 lm/w

Luminous efficacy is the true measure of a bulb’s efficiency. It indicates the lumens produced for every watt of electricity consumed. LEDs are more efficient than traditional bulbs with a higher luminous efficacy. High quality LEDs have awesome efficacy ratings. The standard luminous efficacy is upwards of 130 lumens per watt

We have gym fixtures that are rated between 130 and 180 lumens/watt. We can help you choose the right efficiency.

* Trade off between initial cost and long term savings?


A higher efficiency LED product costs more than lower efficiency units. The savings over the life of the product is more than the initial investment needed to upgrade. So if you're looking to maximize savings when converting to LED, choose the higher efficiency product.

2. Avoid Glare




Glare produced by the light fixtures must be controlled. One glare rating system used all over the world is the Unified Glare Rating (UGR).

In many sporting activities, the viewing direction is usually upwards. This may call for extra measures beyond UGR rating in some sports venues. Using diffusers and frosted lenses, glare caused by light can be minimized. This allows hockey players see the puck better.

The amount of glare caused by lighting fixtures usually depends on four things:

- their light distribution patterns
- the number of fixtures
- their mounting height
- the environmental luminance.

The table below gives glare rating values and assessments.

Glare RatingEvaluation
50roughly acceptable

3. High Voltage up to 480V



100V - 277V
277V - 480V

Are you trying to replace fixtures that are higher voltages, 277V to 480V? We have solutions that cover these higher voltage installations. Our constant current drivers are equipped to handle everything from 100 Volts up to to 480 Volts (standard driver in our kits are 100V-277V). We can handle single or 3-phase power as well. Talk to our sales engineers and we can get your lighting situation taken care of.

* 480V High Voltage Options

Our higher voltage solutions handle both single phase and 3 phase 480V installations. If you have voltage above 277V, tell our sales engineers so we can specify the proper driver.

4. Color Temperature Options



For ice and hockey rinks it's important to use lights with the right color temperature. A color temp around 5000K, which is closest to daylight, has the same energizing effects as natural light. If you have been using metal halide, HPS, or fluorescents, it’s time to replace them with LED ice hockey lights.

* LED Color Choice

To replace Metal Halide, 5000K is a great color choice. If you would like a warmer light, choose 4000K. HPS high bays are around 2300K. Moving to 4000K or 5000K will greatly improve the quality of indoor light.

5. Light Quality: Color Rendering Index

70 CRI
80 CRI
90 CRI


Color rendering index defines the color of light. It tells us how well a light source will reveal the colors of items compared to sunlight (the ideal light source). When it comes to HID lamps, people usually complain about one thing: poor light color. Light color is important in high bay applications. It has a huge impact on clarity and contrast.

Most of our LED fixtures are offered between CRI 70 and 85. We can special order almost any CRI you might need. 


Anything over 70 is good. In applications such as assembly work where fine detail is necessary, then select 80 to 90 CRI.

6. Beam Angles: Proper Light Distribution



What do you need to illuminate an indoor or outdoor rink? If you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s fine – we’ve got you covered.

Replacing traditional lighting with LEDs will almost always improve the quality and quantity of light. Its not only important to get the light bright but evenly distributed to avoid dark areas and shadowing on the ice.

* Beam Angle Selection

Ask us to run a lighting photometric to determine the perfect light and beam angle for your rink. Look at both the foot candle measurements and max/min ratios to make sure your space is bright and uniform.

7. Lighting Controls


Motion Sensors
Daylight Harvesters
Smart Controls

Motion Sensors and other controls can dramatically reduce lighting costs by turning off or dimming the lights when people leave the area.

PIR and microwave motion sensors can be added to turn the lights on when motion is detected and off / dimmed when no activity is detected. To dim, the LED fixtures need a 0-10V dimmable driver. Unlike traditional lighting, dimming LED fixtures is relatively simple and does not affect the life of the bay fixture.

And if you're trying to save additional money, nothing saves more money than off or 10% lit.

8. Rugged Impact Resistance Fixtures that can handle rink abuse



IK rating is an international code. It measures the level of protection a light fixture has against mechanical wear and tear and the impact it can take. It is a measure of a light fixture’s durability and robustness.

Using lighting fixtures in a high impact area (a rink) it is important to get fixtures with the proper IK rating. This is because if the light fixtures get damaged, efficiency may decrease. Light fixtures that are resistant to impact. Analyzing the risk of impact is the first thing you should do before you decide if you need light fixtures with a high IK rating.

MyLEDLightingGuide can supply high impact rated rink fixtures.

9. Reduce Energy Costs and Maintenance Costs




Save Energy

Our energy-efficient indoor high-bays reduce commercial costs and becomes practical and sustainable. With energy savings up to 75%, you can reduce a tremendous amount of energy consumption. LEDs have longer lifespans. We can add motion sensors to turn off or dim the light source when no activity is detected.

Reduce Maintenance

We have powerful LED lights with L70 ratings that last upwards of 100,000+ hours. Less bulb replacement saves costs in ice facilities. This cost saver is often overlooked, but saves a tremendous amount of money.

Ice Rink Photometrics and Footcandles

Why are photometrics important? They allow you to see your area and how it would look under LED Lighting taking the risk out of buying. We can easily run different options with our lights, and provide you with the proper information and guidance. We're here to save you money with LED. But it's as important to get the lighting right. 

How LED Lights Benefit Ice Hockey Rinks

1. LED Ice Hockey Rink Lights Provide High-Quality Light

There is one thing we all know, ice has a shiny white color. However AHL and NHL teams have discovered that LED lights make ice look even more dazzling. They make everything brighter and make colors to pop out more. As players play on the ice rink, they find it easier to track the the black. Fans can also see the puck and track it easier.

Traditional metal halide lights are omnidirectional. The light they produce is indirect and casts shadows. LED lighting enables the playing surface to shine, providing better visibility.


2. LEDs Produce Less Heat Than Metal Halides

HID lighting technologies convert a large amount of the electricity used into heat. They only convert a small amount into light. LEDs convert 95% of the electricity they pull into light and only waste 5% as heat. Heat in ice rinks is not a good thing. HVAC must be used to offset this heat to keep the ice surface from melting. LEDs reduce HVAC usage, thus further reducing energy consumption.

3. LEDs Reduce Maintenance and Operating Cost

Costs converting to LED can be recovered through reduced operating and maintenance costs. LED light fixtures provide controllable, higher-quality light. They can transform hockey rinks into multipurpose venues that can host different activities. Venue owners can enjoy increased revenues because of the higher facility usage.

Lower Costs when converting to LED Image

4. They Make the Ice Rink Safer – Both Indoors and Outdoors

Safety improvements can be made in two areas: in outdoor ice rink lighting & on the actual rink. In the parking lot, proper lighting can make the lot safer and brighter. On the rink, proper lighting systems will allow for better visibility. Want to improve the overall experience & safety at your ice skating rink? Ask us how we can do just that!

Indoor LED Ice Rink Lighting

Indoor hockey rinks contain high bays and flood lights to light up the ice surface and arena. Light levels have to be high enough so the players can see the hockey puck on the ice. Places like Canada have ice rinks open all year long. Some are open for 18 hours a day. This can require a lot of energy consumption to power lights for that long. The payback period shortens by converting to hockey arena LED lighting.

Hockey Rink Lighting


Outdoor LED Ice Rink Lighting

Outdoor rinks typically use pole mounted lights. Flood lights are perfect for outdoor rinks. Using photometrics, light levels and distribution can be visualized before purchasing one light.

And because LED Lights are instant on and instant off, gone are the days of long light warm up periods.


Hockey Rink Lighting

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