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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 LED Lighting for Ice Rinks?

LED Diodes

It can be quite hard to control electricity usage and other expenses related to hockey rinks. LEDs are very efficient compared to HID and flourescent lamps. LED produces high quality light use less than half the electricity of HID. LED lights also last up to 10 times longer than traditional light fixtures. This reduces maintenance expenses and downtime over their life.

LED lighting provides enhanced visibility. This is the main reason many AHL, NHL and college hockey arenas have converted to LED lighting. LED Lights have a high Color Rendering Index (CRI). This is a measurement of quality of light. It makes color representation better. It makes watching a game better.

The ice surfaces in hockey rinks appear brighter when illuminated by LED lights. Using a combination of lights and optics, bright uniform lighting can be acheived. New optics and diffusers help eliminate glare. This is a particular issue ice rinks have with glare on the ice surface.


Important Considerations for Ice Hockey Rinks and Skating Arenas


1. Glare Rating

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 Rating Evaluation
10 unobtrusive
30 detectable
50 roughly acceptable
70 disturbing
90 intolerable


2. IK Rating


IK rating is an impact protection rating code. It is usually comprised of the letters IK, followed by two numbers. The digits indicate the level of protection a lighting fixture offers. The IK rating tells us the impact a light fixture can take. In short, it measures the toughness and longevity of a light fixture.

For ice rinks that host hockey games, having lights that can withstand a hit from a puck is important.

IK Impact Rating

3. Color Temperature


Color temperature describes the color characteristics of a light source. Some light sources produce very cool light (white or blue in color). Others produce very warm light (orange or yellow in color).

Light sources that produce warm light will make everything warmer (yellower). Cool light sources will give everything a white or blue color cast. We recommend a color temperature between 4000K and 5500K. Anything less than 4000K will make the ice appear yellow. Anything more than 5500K will make the light appear blue.


Color Temperature Image



4. Color Rendering Index

Color rendering index is a measurement of the quality of light. It tells us how well a light bulb makes the colors of objects appear to the human eye. CRI is a scale between 0 and 100. Sunlight is 100. High Pressure Sodium lights are 22. Metal Halide is 65. LED's start at 70 and can go as high as 98.

CRI Lighting Image


Color Rendering Index (CRI) Typical Application
20 to 40 These lights are used in areas where color rendering is not important at all and a noticeable distortion of colors is acceptable.
40 to 60 These lights are used in areas where color rendering is not very important but a noticeable distortion of colors is not acceptable.
60 to 80 These lights are used in areas where moderate color rendering is needed.
80 to 90 These lights are used in areas where accurate color judgments are crucial or good color rendering is needed for purposes of appearance.
Above 90 These lights are used in areas where accurate color rendering is vital.


Indoor Ice Rink Phtometric

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, where hockey's played from 6am to midnight. 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.


Hockey Rink Lighting

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