How to select luminaires for sports facilities?

Campo del MalecónHow to illuminate sport facilities is often a dilemma for architects and engineers. There are many parameters to take into account, depending on lighting requirements, the positioning of the luminaires and the type of sports facility. To talk about these projects we have asked his opinion to Javier Teran, member of MMIT Architects and in charge of designing the sports hall “Estadio Nuevo Malecon in Torrelavega, Spain where Airfal TR3 luminaire has been selected. Javier Teran added: «Lighting for Sports facilities must combine functionalities and design. ».
To make easier the selection of light fittings, we sort them depending on their features and the area they are suitable for.

Lighting of sports halls:
Campo del Malecón 2Luminaires used and recommended for sports halls are metal halide projectors. This type of technical and industrial luminaires provides high level of illuminance while being energy efficient, and is particularly suitable for these projects. According to Javier Teran “public facilities and private facilities must be considered differently” Especially as regards maintenance of installations, which for a public sports facility must remain economical and with easily accessible luminaires”
Halide projectors offer different powers that vary between 70 and 2000W, allowing to select the most appropriate power depending on the playing area to illuminate. For example, for a private tennis court, one would use four 250W projectors, while a public tennis court where matches are televised would be equipped with spotlights with power from 1000 to 2000W.

Lighting of spas and aquatic centres:
High humidity that is a feature of such installations requires the use of watertight luminaires. These luminaires must have an IP protection rating (resistance to penetration of liquids and dust) very high, and an IK (impact resistance) also higher than that of conventional luminaires. It prevents humidity to affect the body of the luminaire and therefore to impair its functioning.
For spas, we must also consider the different temperatures depending on the area to illuminate. For an area with temperatures considered as normal such as a swimming pool or a massage room, Carlos Jimenez, our technician Airfal recommends to select a watertight IP68 and IK10 luminaire, as Airfal TR3, TR2 or Rinox. However for areas where temperature is higher as saunas or steam baths, Airfal recommends a specifically designed luminaire such as Airfal Resist in its version for high temperatures.

Lighting for public areas: hallways, cafeterias…
These areas are the easiest to equip as they must meet functional and aesthetic requirements. The selection of the luminaires is also carried out according to the characteristics of the building and the project budget. For these areas the recommended fittings are considered as residential lighting whose IP and IK are not necessarily very high. As lighting solutions, our experts offer luminaire models Downlight, Orion, or TR1 and Pegaso.

Lighting for locker rooms:
The locker rooms are also areas where dampness may mount up without high temperatures. Therefore, watertight luminary is also recommended for these areas.In this case we must take into account the design of the locker room, as well as the required impact resistance rating based on the users profile. For a conventional locker room, Supra will be the favourite light fitting of Airfal offering an IP65 degree of protection. For a locker room subjected to risks of vandalism, Airfal recommends a higher IK such as the one of the luminaires Rinox or Resist. Moreover, for aesthetic reasons or space limits that require fixtures with reduced diameter, our experts also suggest the TR4 and Compact luminaires

Although we have sorted the luminaires to make the luminaire selection easier, it is not so relevant and useful for lighting of football stadiums. For this kind of projects, Javier Teran explains that stadiums must be suitable for different uses which may have different visual requirements and change design variables. In the specific case of the Stadium Nuevo Malecon, the architect explains that he considered that the weekly use of the stadium as official football stadium made it a significant part of urban lighting and justified the importance given to the design of lighting.
For this project, Javier has selected Airfal TR3 luminaire “which fulfill project requirements, providing efficient lighting and economical maintenance. In addition its industrial-inspired tubular design perfectly fits and refers to the tradition of industry in Torrelavega. Javier stressed that all were pleasantly surprised by the success of this project”
Torrelavega Stadium is far from being the only sports facility project for which the Airfal luminaires have been used. Among the numerous projects, there are San Mames Stadium, Cornellà Stadium, Pabellon Reyno de Navarra sports hall and the female sports complex of Zaragoza.