Cricket is one of the most celebrated sports in the world, second-most to be precise, right behind football. The bat-and-ball game was also used by the colonized nations to get back at the colonizers. Now be it The Ashes or Indo-Pak rivalry cricket has experienced an evolution in its fan base throughout. A medium-skilled sport for which huge crowds gather in stadiums and spend hours laughing, crying, praying and cursing the players because it moves them that much. “A gentleman’s sport” as wise people of the world have called it, is now played nationally and internationally by 105 countries of the world.
Cricket stadiums have witnessed people passing out, vomiting their brains out, hysterically crying, dancing, chanting and shedding tears of pure joy as the game takes unpredictable turns and their team begins to lose a winning match or vice versa. Watching a cricket match in a stadium is like being a part of history in the making. Each ball, each over, each swing, run and catch is something that is captures the minds and hearts of all involved. Some matches are remembered throughout decades, and the spectators? Well they’re part of that history. The spectators make a huge difference as well, motivating their team to perform well and putting pressure on the other team by cheering at the top of their voices.
One factor that contributes to the overall experience of watching a match in the stadium is the stadium lights. Lights can make the entire experience extremely pleasant or extremely frustrating if you can’t figure out where the ball went or if you can’t see your favorite players standing in the field when wrongly positioned floodlights cast a shadow on them. Lights create the entire ambience of the stadium and if they are too harsh, they can also ruin the experience entirely.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has specific directives for lighting of cricket stadiums. They emphasize use of LED floodlights placed on long poles to fix the spotlights. Due to the fact that batsmen often knock the ball high up in the air and it is very important for the players – and television cameras to capture the trajectory of the ball properly in order to have a fun game. However, it is also important to keep glare and positioning of lights in mind during installation. The specification of these forms of lighting and placement depends on the size of the field. It is always better to consult a local electrician to find out the latest wiring codes of that area in order to fulfill all safety requirements. Poles used to mount these lights are often of galvanized steel, in order to prevent rusting and to make sure that they are sturdy. Long poles have to be fixed at a certain height into the ground and it is always better to hire someone with prior experience to assist with planning and installation of the poles and of the lighting solutions.
Stadiums are full of thousands of people at the same time, all fully focused towards watching the game and enjoying their experience. However, if the stadium is poorly lit, it can cause massive disruptions to the game and can also lead to immense chaos. It is very important to have a reliable and robust lighting system in order to avoid disruptions during the game. Lighting must be very strategically positioned in order to cover all areas of the stadium and not to leave any areas unlit in order to avoid robberies and other issues arising in cricket stadiums.
The importance of appropriate cricket stadium lighting
Stadium lighting needs to be selected after careful consideration of all your stadium requirements. Each form of sport has a different type of lighting requirement and cricket is no different. Since the cricket ball is so minute in size, the light intensity has to be pretty high to capture its movement – but not high enough to cause discomfort to stadium attendees and the players themselves.
Proper planning needs to be done in order to capture both the batsmen and the bowler as well without casting long shadows on the pitch. Shadows are cumbersome to the whole game experience and should be avoided as much as possible at all costs. Light selection needs to be done by keeping electrical efficiency in mind. LED lighting is 10 times more efficient that traditional lighting. This efficiency difference can make a tremendous impact on the energy consumption of the stadium and usage of IShineLUX’s custom designed energy efficient lighting can help stadium owners save tons of money on electricity. For example, if with LED lighting your electricity bill is 2000$, your electricity bill with traditional halide lamps would be approximately 20000$, 10 times more. Not only that, traditional lighting requires a lot of maintenance due to their poor heat dissipation capabilities whilst our LED design very efficiently manages heat to prevent overheating of the lamp and other components.
With traditional lighting, you have to turn them on 15 minutes before in order for them to warm up and start and if there is a power outage, you have to wait a full 10 minutes before actually turning them on again. This can cause a lot of wasted time and effort, whereas LED lights start instantly and cause no issues whatsoever. Imagine experiencing a power outage in the middle of a match and having to wait 15 whole minutes to turn your lights back on. Thus with our LED lighting solutions, maintenance is much easier and can save you a lot of time and money.
What type of lights are used in cricket stadiums?
Traditional flood lights or high bay lights were used for years throughout the world because of the ease with which they can be controlled manually. The traditional light types included metal halide, mercury lamps or very high-pressure sodium
However, with the stadium trend showing a rapid growth and upward trend, cost efficiency and efficient resource utilization also became a huge concern, because of which, it is no longer feasible to use these lights for a long time. Much more cost-effective solutions have entered the market with numerous benefits.
The solution? Traditional lights were very quickly replaced by LED lights. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.
Some of the reasons why this shift solved almost all problems that stadiums faced were:
- Stadiums require very intense controlled lighting and LED lights emit a very bright and high-quality light that is not too harsh, comparable with all the alternatives in the market.
- LED lights do not produce as much heat as traditional bulbs because they waste very little energy. Heat dissipation is a very important aspect to consider whilst purchasing lights.
- They have a very long life-span relative to traditional bulbs due to better energy utilization and better dissipation of heat.
- LED flood lights are eco friendly
- With less consumption of electricity, LED lights can save you up to 70% on energy bills.
- LED lights require zero to little maintenance.
Now how do you determine the level of lighting that you need? Each sport is different and requires a different level of lighting. While considering cricket you need to take care of the height, the spacing, the lux, the uniformity, the glare, the angle, the grid space and the flicker.
Cricket Stadium lights are generally placed at a very great height. Since the ball involved is very small, the batsmen often hit it pretty high and the lights need to be higher in order to keep the ball in sight. The lights are mounted on long, evenly spaced poles in order to have an even distribution of light. However, much consideration needs to go into positioning the lights on these poles properly in order to avoid excess light pollution to surrounding areas.
Uniformity refers to the ratio of the maximum number of foot candles (lumens in 1 square foot) divided by the least number of foot candles as required by the stadium according to its size. To measure the foot candles, a level light meter is used. Uniformity is extremely important because if one area of the stadium is poorly lit, it can be detrimental to the entire cricketing experience.
Lux is the amount of visible white light that can reach the space or surface in all directions and is also the standard unit for illuminance. Typically, professional matches in stadiums require anywhere between 500 to 750 lux in order to capture all forms of quick movement and to also meet the standards required by TV stations for broadcasting across the globe. The cameras have to capture each and every moment of the ball properly, thus these requirements are very stringent and have to be met for a good broadcasting experience.
Although switching to LEDs has already removed most glare issues, it is still very important to keep in mind the number of lights installed on one pole in order for them to not cause discomfort to the audience and players. Glare causes significant discomfort visually and can ruin the entire experience. LEDs can be dimmed out so this problem can also be easily tackled with. At iShineLUX technologies, all of our lights are manufactured with glare ratings in minds, in order to maximize the output of the light while also reducing the harmful glare effects. Our design team works tirelessly night and day to bring you the best possible environmentally friendly solutions in order to facilitate your entire stadium experience.
The angle makes all the difference in the world while one is trying to eliminate shadows on the ground. Our lights offer both broad and narrow angles in order to change the concentration of light to avoid glare and light pollution. At iShinLux, we aim to provide our customers with easy to use flexible forms lighting, in order to meet all their requirements’
Traditional lights generally required time to warm up and caused a flicker, naturally requiring our eyes to take their time to adjust, LEDs can turn on instantly and save us from this problem. Flickering lights in a stadium can be quite irksome and can completely ruin the stadium experience. Our LED lights are much more reliable and due to our proprietary design of effective heat dissipation, flickering lights are never a problem.
The Grid Space:
Pretty obvious and self-explanatory, you need to consider the size of the stadium before setting up anything. All lighting positions must be mapped out and planned before hand in order to get all the required lighting to be evenly spaced in order to avoid glare and uneven lighting. At iShineLUX, we would absolutely love to recommend which lights of ours you should use once you discuss the stadium requirements with us. Our team of talented professionals have been in the industry for years and are well aware of how to cater to each requirement with absolute perfection.
This little minute detail takes care of the shadow and the glare problem simultaneously. The spacing for the stadium lights needs to be planned with an engineer or an experienced professional to ensure that the cricket stadium experience is maximized for the audience and the players. The pole placement is key to providing uniform lighting all-round the stadium.
Weather is a very unpredictable factor; thus, it is very important to have waterproof lighting for lights that have to be installed outdoors. At iShineLUX, all of our stadium lights are ‘IP65’ rated. The lens has a ring of waterproof rubber present near the lens on the inner side. The outside connector is waterproof as well. The main item that needs to be protected is the power supply unit and our research and development team have designed an outside casing for the lighting that is completely waterproof.
Waterproof lights increase the lifespan of outdoor lighting since it can rain at any time during the match. It is extremely important to come up with lighting solutions that are robust and reliable. Many companies out there claim that their products are 100% waterproof, but they really aren’t. With our decades of experience, we’ve set up a quality assurance process to make sure that we’re putting out the best quality products onto the market. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority and we aim at delivering the best quality solutions on the market.
Frequently Asked Questions for Cricket Field Lighting
1. Is the running utility cost of cricket field lights really high?
As a stadium owner, one of the major concerns is the running cost of utilities of the stadium. Thus, it is very important to opt for lighting solutions that would be low maintenance and that are extremely energy efficient. The cost of electricity can decrease immensely after replacing old fixtures of lighting with our state-of-the-art LED lighting solutions.
Amongst all other alternatives such as halogen, mercury vapor and metal halide lamps, LED lights are the most efficient lighting solutions. Among Mercury vapor, metal halide, LED lights and halogen lighting, LED’S utilize lower amounts of energy and are much more energy efficient.
2. Do LED lamps heat up often?
Energy efficiency aside, LED lamps provide a much more efficient heat dissipation method as compared to traditional forms of lighting. With our state-of-the-art heat dissipation solutions, we are able to achieve a much longer life span for our lights. This is very important due to the fact that if the heat increases due to the lighting, the players, spectators and all the people in the stadium would have a bad experience and would be very uncomfortable in their setting. User experience is a very important aspect of choosing lighting solutions too and with our LED technology, you’ll easily be able to incorporate the best possible User Experience that modern technology has to offer.
According to statistics, roughly ninety five percent of energy is utilized to give out heat from traditional lighting. Just imagine how the cricket pitch would feel with all that heat coming down from all sides. Players would be extremely uncomfortable and would not perform well. Compared to these forms of lighting, our LED lights would have around 4-5% loss of energy due to heat, a 90% difference!
3. Is the life span of LED lights longer than traditional lighting?
Traditional lighting has been around for decades and it can often be quite daunting to consider whether new lighting solutions would be as long lasting as the ones before them. The biggest concern of stadium owners for lighting solutions after utility costs is the maintenance cost associated with lighting. A typical LED flood light would have a lifespan of an estimated eighty thousand hours! Compared to other traditional older solutions, this is significantly much more! This is due to the fact that energy is utilized much more efficiently in LED lamps and heat dissipation is also taken properly into consideration.
4. What specifications should of lighting should I be looking for?
Lighting specifications vary with the dimensions of the field. It is always better to get the measurements done accurately, map out each and everything such as the distance of the stands from the field, how big are the sidelines etc. because these things contribute greatly towards protecting from safety hazards. After getting all the measurements made, you can reach out to the support staff at iShineLUX and we’d absolutely love to recommend which of our products would be best suited for your particular requirement.
Typically, the requirements of a lighting system for a cricket stadium can be distributed into different types, such as HD Live television-based matches, non-television-based matches and training sessions that can either be televised or non-televised. Normally, for broadcasting needs, cricket stadiums often require a rendering color index of at greater than 90 with a color conversion that is narrow. These are the minimum requirements of achieving distortion-free streaming.
The following important details need to be taken into consideration whilst choosing lighting for Television screening:
- Reduced amount of glare: To help the players play comfortably and to get clear quality images in order to achieve consistency during match streaming.
- Having a proper index for light color rendering: This brings about a better experience for viewers at home by getting better quality colors straight to their telvision.
- Appropriate lighting type for adequate placement: The trajectory of the cricket ball needs to be followed completely and adequate placement of the lighting is absolutely necessary. This can only be done if appropriate lighting fixtures are acquired and installed. At iShineLUX, we aim at facilitating our customers completely by providing high quality lighting fixtures of diverse types so that adequate placement can be a chieved.
- Prevention of Lighting Pollution: Getting more higher power lighting than required often leads to lighting pollution and can increase the number of complaints from surrounding areas. Prevention of the overflow of lighting needs to be considered whilst installing and mounting the lights on top of their respective poles.
- Adequate evenly spaced lighting coverage: The lighting must be flicker free and evenly spaced in order to facilitate the players in playing the best possible way they can. Flickering lights or uneven lighting often causes visual disorientation and this must be avoided at all costs. At iShineLUX, our design and development team have undertaken years of research and development to improve our lighting design to what it is today. Our LED lights are flicker free, and have extremely low maintenance. These benefits alongside the maximum energy efficiency makes us the best possible choice for your requirement!
With our numerous years of experience in the lighting industry, we at iShineLUX have committed ourselves towards conducting ongoing research and experimentation to provide the best possible lighting solutions for your cricket ground that technology has to offer. For high quality lighting at affordable prices, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at sales@iShineLUX.com or call us at 86-0755-29815402. We’d love to hear from you!