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Athletics Track LED Floodlights: how much do they cost?

How much does an LED Lighting system for an Athletics Track cost? From hundred meter sprints through to hurdles, high jumps, and hammer throws, a good lighting system provides the clarity and visibility that today’s athletes need to perform at their best. The unfortunate reality, however, is that many athletics clubs continue to operate using legacy lighting equipment that delivers subpar performance and carries high running and maintenance costs. As seen in our work at Watford’s Woodside Stadium and Berry Hill in Mansfield, a switch to a modern LED system can deliver tangible improvements and savings alike. With many clubs running on decades-old systems though, they typically have little visibility into the potential costs of an upgrade. That’s why, in this post, we’re going to answer that vital question: “how much does an athletics lighting system cost?”. Key considerations Before beginning the design of an athletics lighting system, three important questions need to be answered. These are: Whether the club has an existing lighting system in place, or is installing a brand new one; What standard of competition takes place there (i.e. local, regional, or national); Which elements of the ground are to be lit – the track and infield together, or solely the track. When a club has an existing system in place, this usually creates an opportunity to install what is known as a retrofit lighting solution. Here, many of the existing assets like masts, wiring, and controls can be retained and included in the new design. This usually results in a significant saving, particularly when the existing mast infrastructure is reused. Where this isn’t possible, due to the age or degradation of those assets, for instance, a newbuild lighting system would be installed instead. Newbuild systems are relatively uncommon, and are typically reserved for brand new sports and athletics facilities. Regardless, costs for both retrofit and newbuild systems are included below. The second question – the standard of competition – is important because it affects the amount of light that must be delivered across the track and field. This has an onward impact on the number of masts that must be used and, as a result, can have major implications on the cost of a project too. An explanation of costs by competition level is included at the end of this post. What is the cost of a retrofit athletics floodlighting solution? The average cost of a retrofit athletics floodlighting solution ranges from between £20,000 to £160,000 plus VAT

22 min read | 19 Feb 2024

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