Benefits of LED Lighting
The first and most obvious benefit is the dramatic increase in energy efficiency of LED lighting compared to practically any other type of light. The most common type of light in the past for track lighting is metal halide high intensity discharge lamps, halogen bulbs or high pressure sodium lamps. While these older lamps are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, they are not even close to the efficiency of LED lamps. When switching to LEDs from existing types of lighting, customers typically see up to a 70% improvement in energy efficiency with the same level of lumen output.
The second benefit is the significantly longer lifespan of the lights themselves, as well as the reduction or elimination entirely of maintenance costs. Traditional styles of lighting have much higher maintenance costs due to the relatively short useful service life of the bulbs themselves and the supporting equipment needed to run them. LED lighting on the other hand requires almost no maintenance, and has a lifespan of around 50,000 hours or more - double or triple that of traditional lighting.
For most, the last major benefit isn’t readily apparent to most but it is equally important. LED lighting by its nature has significantly higher lighting accuracy than traditional lighting, which makes it easier to accurately see colors and detail. An increase in lighting accuracy makes a huge difference in high speed environments such as race tracks where a fraction of a second reaction time can change safety outcomes. It also makes for a generally more pleasant environment, which helps to bring back repeat fans and spectators, as well as improve the mood of employees and workers.
Race Track Lighting Options
There are several specific LED light fixture options race track owners choose for their facility’s needs. Some of our most popular are our flood lights, which provide a wide beam angle and evenly distribute light over a large area. These lights come in a variety of wattages, mount types and sizes depending on specific user requirements.
Generally speaking, LED lights suitable for race track illumination start in the 80 watt range and increase in power from there. The higher the wattage, the greater the intensity of the light and the larger the area it can effectively illuminate. Mount types are simply a matter of personal preference, and can be selected either to match existing mounting fixtures during retrofitting or to suit specific design requirements of new installations. The most popular mounting options for our flood lights when used in race track applications are yoke mounts, and slip fitter mounts. These two mounting options provide users the widest range of mounting options and configurations.