22 August 2006
EXTERIOR RECREATIONAL AREAS
illuminance on the field.
Pole mounted modular rack of
adjustable floodlights with internal
and external shielding.
CRITICAL DESIGN ISSUES:
Direct Glare: By locating the light poles along the sides of the field and
parallel to the general direction of play, the field is illuminated from
multiple angles while minimizing the chance of looking directly into a
luminaire. Minimize direct glare to enhance visibility.
Light Distribution on Task Plane (Uniformity): Luminaire locations and
distribution provide uniform illuminance on the field. The uniformity and
elimination of dark spots improves visibility and minimizes distractions.
Target Horizontal Illuminance ( 10%): For various classes of play and
illuminance recommendations see Lighting Handbook, Figure 20-2 and
The lighting for football fields should illuminate the field uniformly and also from multiple
angles to eliminate dark spots and model the ball and players accurately. Poles located
parallel to the direction of play minimize the direct glare. Pole quantity depends on the
setback distance from the field, with fewer poles required when they are further away.
Refer to IESNA RP-6-01 for more details. Lighting templates with pole and luminaire
data are readily available from sports lighting manufacturers.