2024 Comprehensive Guide to Stadium Lighting: Illuminating the Future

As a manufacturer of Stadium LED lights, we understand that installing lighting in stadiums is a complex project. Stadiums require lighting systems that meet high standards for brightness, uniformity, anti-glare, and fixture placement.

In this guide, we’ll explore the specifications for various types of stadium lighting, focusing on both indoor and outdoor applications. This is essential reading for anyone involved in sports field lighting projects, and we’ll also highlight the latest LED stadium lights for 2024.

Key Considerations for Stadium Lighting from an LED Manufacturer’s Perspective


Glare can cause discomfort and reduce visibility, impacting both the game and the venue’s quality. Addressing glare involves checking if the LED fixtures are designed to minimize it, including features like anti-glare grilles or diffusion plates, and considering the installation location. Effective anti-glare solutions are critical for us, and fixtures lacking these should be reconsidered.



Illuminance, or brightness, is a fundamental aspect of stadium lighting. As LED manufacturers, we frequently ask, “What level of illuminance is required?” This determines the choice of LED lights, their power, quantity, and overall cost. We aim to provide detailed guidance on lighting standards for various sports venues.


Uniform lighting is crucial for a professional appearance and game fairness. Our LED solutions aim to ensure even lighting across the field, avoiding the common pitfall of bright centers and dark edges by focusing on uniformity.

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Installation No-Go Zones

Just like the game has its rules, installing lights in stadiums has its restrictions. Certain areas must avoid lighting to ensure comfort and compliance with sports lighting standards. As LED light manufacturers, we consider practical experiences to recommend the best installation practices.

Fixture Details

The quality of LED stadium lights is indicated by factors such as color rendering, color temperature, light decay, and energy efficiency. Even though LED technology has advanced, these fundamental aspects reveal our commitment to quality sports lighting. Additionally, details like the waterproof rating of outdoor lights and the range of accessories for indoor lights show our attention to detail and the desire to exceed venue owners’ expectations.

By focusing on these key areas from an LED light manufacturing perspective, we contribute to the development of high-quality, efficient, and reliable stadium lighting solutions, ensuring that our products meet the rigorous demands of sports venues worldwide.

Comprehensive Guide to Illuminance Standards for Various Sports Venues

Is higher brightness always better for sports fields? Not necessarily. There are clear national standards for illuminance. Common illumination levels are 300 lux for recreational lighting (sufficient), 500 lux for training (quite good), and professional competitions require 750 lux, which often serves as the maximum standard for many venues. For lighting in sports fields, it’s crucial to have appropriate brightness; too much can cause glare. Thus, selecting the right illuminance standard is the first step in professional sports field lighting. For television broadcasts, the requirements are even higher, including both vertical and horizontal illuminance considerations.

Classification of Sports Venue Lighting

The standards increase from lower to higher grades as follows:

  • Level I: Fitness, amateur training
  • Level II: Amateur competitions, professional training
  • Level III: Professional competitions
  • Level IV: TV broadcasting national competitions, international competitions
  • Level V: TV broadcasting major national competitions, major international competitions
  • Level VI: HDTV broadcasting major national competitions, major international competitions

Lighting Standards for Various Sports Venues

Below are the lighting standards for various types of sports venues. Standards may vary slightly from country to country, but they are generally similar.

By incorporating these standards into our LED lighting solutions, manufacturers can ensure that their products meet the specific needs of different levels of sports venues, from local fitness centers to international competition stages. Tailoring lighting solutions to meet these standards not only ensures compliance but also enhances the performance and viewing experience for athletes and spectators alike. This attention to detail underscores the importance of selecting LED lights that provide optimal illuminance, uniformity, and glare control for each specific application.

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How to Install Outdoor Soccer Field Lighting?

The installation methods for outdoor sports field lighting are relatively similar across different sports. Here, we’ll specifically discuss the detailed installation process for soccer fields.

Amateur Soccer Field Lighting Method One: Four-Corner Lighting

  • Pole Installation Locations:
    • The poles should be placed outside the area formed by a 10° angle from the center point of the goal line and a 5° angle from the midpoint of the sideline.
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  • Pole Height:
    1. To create uniform lighting, the height of the fixtures should be determined based on their ability to project light to the boundary area of the adjacent pole’s illuminated zone.
    2. To minimize glare, the angle between the center point of the field and the poles should not be less than 25°.
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Amateur Soccer Field Lighting Method Two: Side Lighting

  • In addition to four-corner lighting, side lighting with 4, 6, or 8 poles is also popular.
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  • Side Lighting System Pole Installation Locations:
    • The poles should be placed at least 10° to either side of the goal line, ensuring the goalkeeper has an unobstructed view from the goal to the corner flag.
  • Pole Height for Side Lighting:
    • The lowest point of the fixtures on the pole and the point parallel to the center line of the field on the pole should form an angle of no less than 25°.
    • Side lighting systems with 6 or 8 poles can have reduced installation heights to effectively minimize light spill.
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Professional Soccer Field Lighting Method One: Four-Corner Lighting

  • Pole Installation Locations:
    • The poles should be placed outside the area formed by a 15° angle from the center point of the goal line and a 5° angle from the midpoint of the sideline.
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  • Pole Height Calculation:
    • The angle between the center point of the field and the poles should not be less than 25°.
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football field lighting project case 2 from ADNLITE

Professional Soccer Field Lighting Method Two: Light Band Arrangement

  • Longitudinal Positioning of Fixtures:
    • To maintain good visual conditions for players attacking from corners and goalkeepers, lighting equipment should not be placed within the area formed by a 15° angle from the center points of both goal lines.
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football field lighting project case 3 from ADNLITE

This guide outlines the fundamental considerations for installing lighting in both amateur and professional soccer fields. By adhering to these guidelines, LED lighting manufacturers can ensure their products are installed in a manner that provides optimal visibility, minimizes glare, and enhances the overall experience for players and spectators.

How to Install Indoor Basketball Courts?

Indoor basketball courts typically measure 28 meters in length and 15 meters in width. The lighting design for basketball venues is characterized by the need to cover large spaces and long distances.

The specific lighting arrangement should be selected based on the characteristics and structure of the basketball venue. It’s also important to consider the illumination of spectator areas and emergency lighting for the playing area to ensure safe evacuation.

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Indoor basketball venues generally employ a “starry sky” arrangement of lights, with training basketball halls typically using the following scheme:

The preferred choice is HIGHBAY LIGHT, with UFO Highbay and LINEAR Highbay being the current mainstream models.

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Choosing a Professional LED Lights Manufacturer like ADNLITE

ADNLITE boasts an advanced photoelectric testing platform, incorporating a goniophotometer, a photoelectric testing system, and other experimental equipment capable of producing IES files, testing distribution curves, and measuring LED optical performance data such as color rendering index and color temperature. This provides customers with comprehensive LED optical technology solutions.

With a professional team of LED optical engineers and lighting engineers, ADNLITE offers engineering lighting support tailored to customer needs, including LED optical testing, data collection, and organization. This ensures the lighting solutions not only meet the specific requirements of indoor basketball venues but also enhance the playing and viewing experience through optimal light distribution and quality.


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