Gymnasiums – Multi-sports halls

LED LIGHTING FOR MULTI-SPORTS FIELDS, GYMNASIUMS OR MULTI-SPORTS HALLS MUST BE ADAPTED TO ALL THE SPORTS THEY ARE USED FOR. THE DIMENSIONS AND POSITIONING OF THE LIGHTING MUST MEET THE NEEDS OF PLAYER COMFORT, AS WELL AS THE LIGHTING STANDARDS FOR HANDBALL, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON AND OTHER SPORTS PLAYED AT THE FACILITY.


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Lighting a gymnasium or multi-sports hall

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Lighting a Gymnasium or Multi-Sports Hall :

Local gymnasiums, or multi-sports halls, are very often lit up throughout the day for indoor sports activities such as handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton.

Facilities such as gymnasiums and multi-sports halls are used for school activities and by sports clubs and local services. For the lighting of these facilities, we take all these factors into account and adapt the lighting to the main use. 

When recommending solutions, the StopLED team takes all these factors and different sports into account, and adapts its offer accordingly. All the lighting and layouts comply with the NF EN 12193 standard, which governs the different illuminance and uniformity levels applicable to the facility.

To guarantee maximum energy savings, adding a lighting control and management solution with our VariBOX control units (2 or 3 lighting levels, for example) allows lighting to be adjusted to use. This generates significant energy savings, and provides the necessary light for different sports.

The Speqtris Sport range of fixtures for lighting gymnasiums :

In gymnasiums, or multi-sports halls, the best selection of products to provide good lighting that meets standards and ensures comfort of play includes :

Olympe LED floodlight Eros linear LED lights Surya LED Highbay

Dimensions of a multi-sports hall :

There are no standard dimensions for gymnasiums or multi-sports halls. They vary with the age of the facility and the equipment installed (e.g. stands).

The many projects we have studied have regularly involved 2 dimensions: 40x20m and 44×24m. 

 

Court dimensions in a multi-sports hall :

The dimensions of handball, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts are standardised as shown below :

Gymnasium illuminance standard :

Lighting in a gymnasium or multi-sports hall is governed by the Afnor NF EN1293 standard, which defines illuminance levels according to the level of competition in the various sports:

We generally work according to 3 levels:

  • 750 Lux average for national level
  • 500 Lux average for regional level
  • 300 Lux average for local level

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Specific requirements by sport

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Dimensions of a Handball Court :

In a multi-sports hall, a handball court is the largest court measuring 40×20m. There must be a corridor of at least 1m around it. In small facilities (gymnasiums measuring 40x20m), which were often built many years ago, the handball court measures 38×18m.

Lighting point measurement grid for Handball :

For handball courts, the photometric measurement grid defined by the French Handball Federation (FFH) includes 14 measurement points.

Regulations: The light intensity is read at 14 points in the playing area with measurements taken one metre from the floor. For satisfactory lighting, the uniformity coefficient (C.U.) may not be less than 0.7. It is calculated by dividing the lowest point measured by the arithmetic average of the 14 points.

Levels: Class I: 1,200 Lux; Class II: 750 Lux; Class III and IV: 500 Lux; Class V: 300 Lux

Download our photometric measurement factsheet

 

Dimensions of a Basketball court:

In a multi-sports hall, a basketball court measures 28×15m. There must be a corridor of at least 1m around it.

In a facility where basketball is the main sport played, the lights may be positioned on either side, or overhead, with no impact on the game or player comfort.

 

Lighting point measurement grid for Basketball:

For basketball courts, the photometric measurement grid defined by the French Basketball Federation (FFB) includes 13 measurement points.

Regulations: The light intensity is read at 13 points in the playing area with measurements taken at floor-level. For satisfactory lighting, the uniformity coefficient (C.U.) may not be less than 0.7. It is calculated by dividing the lowest point measured by the arithmetic average of the 13 points.

Levels: H1: 300 Lux for old facilities and 500 Lux for new buildings / H2: 500 Lux / H3: 750 Lux

 

Download our photometric measurement factsheet

 

Dimensions of a Volleyball court :

In a multi-sports hall, a volleyball court measures 18×9m. Very often, there are several volleyball courts in a multi-sports hall. The general analysis is performed on the main court, which is often in the middle of the hall.

In a facility where volleyball is the main sport played, lights must not be positioned above the playing area, unless they are more than 9m high. For the comfort of players, who regularly look upwards, great attention must be paid to the positioning and distribution of the light sources.

 

Lighting point measurement grid for Volleyball :

For volleyball courts, the photometric measurement grid defined by the French Volleyball Federation (FFV) includes 10 measurement points.

Regulations: The light intensity is read at 10 points in the playing area with measurements taken at floor-level. For satisfactory lighting, the uniformity coefficient (C.U.) may not be less than 0.7. It is calculated by dividing the lowest point measured by the arithmetic average of the 10 points.

Levels: Local 300 Lux, Regional 500 Lux, National 750 Lux and International 1,000 Lux.

No light source may be placed above the playing surface, and all sources of glare must be avoided.

 

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Dimensions of a Badminton court :

In a multi-sports hall, a Badminton court measures 13.40 x 6.10m. Very often, there are several badminton courts in a multi-sports hall. The layout and location of the courts vary according to the size of the hall.

In a facility where badminton is the main sport played, lights must not be positioned above the playing area, unless they are more than 9m high. For the comfort of players, who regularly look upwards, great attention must be paid to the positioning and distribution of the light sources.

 

Lighting point measurement grid for Badminton :

For badminton courts, the photometric measurement grid defined by the French Badminton Federation (FFBad) includes 10 measurement points.

Regulations: The light intensity is read at 10 points in the playing area with measurements taken at floor-level. For satisfactory lighting, the uniformity coefficient (C.U.) may not be less than 0.7. It is calculated by dividing the lowest point measured by the arithmetic average of the 10 points.

Levels: Local 300 Lux, Regional 500 Lux, National 750 Lux and International 1,000 Lux.

No lighting fixtures may be installed above the playing surface.

No light source may be placed above the playing surface, and all sources of glare must be avoided

 

Download our photometric measurement factsheet

 

Table tennis playing area :

The playing area for a table tennis table measures 12x6m. To enable players and umpires to move around and access their tables without disturbing other matches, corridors must allow access to all the playing areas.

In a facility where table tennis is the main sport played, lighting fixtures can be positioned overhead, i.e. above the playing area, using several lines of lighting. 

 

Lighting point measurement grid for Table Tennis :

For table tennis, the photometric measurement grid is defined by the French Table Tennis Federation (FFTT) depending on the size of the hall.

Regulations: The light intensity is read at 15 points on average in the playing area with measurements taken at table-level. For satisfactory lighting, the uniformity coefficient (C.U.) may not be less than 0.7. It is calculated by dividing the lowest point measured by the arithmetic average of the measurement points.

Levels: Practice 300 Lux, Regional 500 Lux, National 800 Lux.

 

Lighting effects in a gymnasium :

At facilities which host high-level competitions, we can integrate a DMX lighting effect solution into the lighting management system.

These are pre-configured programmes that can be used to create effects in the hall around different events.

The lighting effects VariBOX is supplied with a remote control or a console to trigger the effects according to the schedule of sports and events.

Your Gymnasium VariBOX !

Upgrading your gymnasium or multi-sports hall to LED technology generates substantial energy savings, generally halving power consumption, depending on the former installation.

By adding a lighting control unit or a lighting management system to define several levels of lighting, and integrating the right options, you can adjust the lighting to the type of use (Competition / Practice) and also avoid accidental switch-on.

Associating a lighting management system with your upgraded lighting can reduce power consumption by up to 80%.

Recommended illuminance levels :

  • Leisure 300 Lux
  • Practice 500 Lux
  • Competition 750 Lux

Recommended add-ons :

  • Motion sensors for switch-off when the hall is not in use
  • Complete shutdown over a fixed time slot (e.g. 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Light sensor (on/off)
  • Remote control

Options suited to gymnasiums :

  • Different lighting levels (from 2 to 4)
  • Extra control (stands, climbing wall, etc.)
  • Variable illuminance sensor
  • General shutdown timer
  • Connection to access management system or BMS
  • Basic or complete remote control
  • DMX management with pre-set effects

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