Fast Forward

As communities grow, recreational and athletic opportunities abound. New technology in sports lighting allows communities to light new and existing facilities effectively while still providing off-site light control for neighbors, and provides management tools for affordable, efficient operation of lights.

Light Control

Facility managers shouldn't have to choose between providing the best playing conditions and being community friendly by restricting light trespass and uncomfortable glare. Technology now allows fewer fixtures to produce the needed light for players' safety and performance, while keeping initial purchase, energy, and maintenance costs down by reducing the number of fixtures needed. With this technology, light is actually redirected onto the playing field, instead of being lost as spill and glare light, or simply blocked and wasted by inefficient light controls. The life-cycle costs are reduced through lower energy consumption, and environmental concerns are eased two-fold: by reducing light trespass and sky glow and by reducing energy use. Even new facilities being built away from town can find urban sprawl soon enveloping them.

Operation and Management

With cities growing faster than ever, it's critical for city planners and recreation departments to find effective, affordable ways to maximize their available resources. One of the most time consuming and costly issues is operating the lights at city parks. Staffing needs and energy usage can sky-rocket if inefficient methods are used.

New technological advancements are helping meet those operational and management needs associated with sports lighting. These automated systems are tools that allow park officials to monitor and activate switches to operate not only the lights, but other electrical devices such as doors, gates, outlets, and irrigation systems. Systems that are internet based allow access form anywhere.

The ability to preset operating schedules, coupled with the flexibility to change those schedules at anytime, assists cost-effective, efficient management particularly for cities with widely-distributed resources. Staff time, taxpayer concerns about wasted energy usage, and security issues can be dramatically reduced. In addition, internet-based systems can accumulate usage data that provides tools for cost allocation, diagnostic for proactive maintenance, and information for safety surveillance.

Using foresight by taking advantage of the latest technology can help communities develop recreational facilities that will be a source of pride for many years to come and will increase their marketability for tournaments or even televised events.

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