School gymnasiums present some definite lighting challenges. Obvious ones include high ceilings and high-impact uses. But gyms are often used for much more than athletic activities and sports events. They are frequently multipurpose spaces, serving as auditoriums, assembly halls, cafeterias and even community meeting spaces. Gym lighting needs vary based on the activity: high intensity for a sports event but lower ambient lighting for a ceremony or presentation. Gym lights must be flexible to meet all these different requirements.
While high ceilings in gymnasiums can present challenges in lighting maintenance and associated costs, long-life LED high bays are a natural solution, virtually eliminating the need for maintenance. In addition, LEDs deliver full output without a warm-up delay, and their uniform illumination and easy controllability make them perfect for gym lighting.
Acuity Brands offers LED gym lighting solutions that include:
Traditional gym lighting fixtures are either fluorescent or halogen. Usually, there are numerous light fixtures to deliver the brightness needed in these high-ceiling spaces. It’s difficult to reach the fixtures for maintenance, and energy costs are typically high. Using high-efficiency LED lighting reduces energy draw and also minimizes maintenance requirements since LEDs have a very long useful life. For gyms that are multiuse spaces, include easy-to-use controls that can dim the fixtures or even create different effects for assemblies, talent shows, etc.