The selection and placement of lighting depend on the size of the arena and the purpose. Standard lighting recommendations for private riding arenas are different from those for commercial riding facilities. Lumens are a measurement of light output and provide you with information on the perceived brightness in a space.
A foot candle (fc) is equal to a one lumen per square foot.
On the average, private arena lighting is 28.6 or rounded up to 30 lumens per square foot.
In commercial equine stadiums, the average lighting jumps to over 50 lumens per square foot.
These recommendations are based on information available to our equine specialists, who are not facility lighting experts. Please consult with a lighting specialist to further answer your question based on the size of the arena you are lighting.
Recommended Footcandles Lux Level
In most cases, 15–20 footcandles is acceptable for casual outdoor arenas, though this depends on the size of the arena. For hunter/jumper training, the recommended footcandle level is 40, while for both training and competitive dressage, a 50-footcandle minimum is recommended.
If you are lighting a competitive show-jumping arena, 70 footcandles is appropriate. There is relatively limited information regarding the minimum amount of footcandles for many equestrian sports including bull riding, so much of your personal preference for your individual facility will come into play. Razorlux lighting specialists can help you determine exactly how many footcandles your horse arena or bull riding arena requires.
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