Horse arena lighting is not like any other fixture project, so it shouldn’t be undertaken without a professional lighting designer experienced in this area. Without a proper setup, the fixtures may be too bright or dim, may cast shadows or may represent a safety hazard to the animal and rider. And if a set of fixtures are inadequate for the task and have to be replaced, it can potentially mean wasting thousands of dollars. Fortunately, there are fixture designers that have packages specifically designed for an arena, allowing clients to set up their riding area with minimal effort. Take a look at some of our horse arena lighting packages.
The Specifics of Horse Arena Lighting
At first glance, it may seem like the same concepts used in setting up a parking lot would work in this area as well, but that would be a mistaken belief. Both projects call for different priorities, which is why a reputable designer will have separate fixture packages for both projects. For example, here are a few essential components of a horse arena lighting project:
- Eliminating shadows – As any rider knows, shadows may spook the animal and cause it to behave unpredictably, even dangerously. The solution here is to set the fixtures up as high as possible from the ground. This will soften the edges of the illumination and ensure there isn’t a hard line between bright and dark. Standard parking lot poles are about 20 feet high, but for equestrian areas, this is usually inadequate. It’s better to aim for at least 30 feet high. Also, arranging the poles so that there is a bit of overlap between the fixtures will fill up any dark spots and reduce shadows even further.
- Compensating for a less stable foundation – In city and suburban areas, fixture poles are mounted to a thick concrete foundation that can tolerate a lot of weight. This typically isn’t available on properties that have a riding area. Heavy metal poles may sink into the soft ground and lean with time, posing a significant safety issue. Wooden poles are a useful alternative to compensate for this issue. Not only are wooden poles lighter, they tend to be less expensive and usually fit into their surroundings a bit better, at least in terms of aesthetics. Choosing wooden poles will not limit fixture options either, so there’s no downside to trusting wood poles for this application.
- Finding an efficient solution – Outputting the needed level of illumination takes a lot of power, but there are fixture technologies that will greatly reduce energy consumption. Sports lighting that employs LED technology is ideal for this approach, as LED fixtures are the most efficient on the market. LED fixtures last much longer than standard metal halides, often lasting up to 100,000 hours before necessitating replacement. This will reduce operating costs and ensure the riding area is available for much longer stretches of time.
Horse arena lighting is a special project that takes special expertise, but with this expertise will come a precisely designed setup that ensures an arena owner gets the most out of their riding area, day and night.