- Retrofitting: Retrofitting is the process of upgrading your existing lighting fixtures with LED light modules, without changing the structure or wiring of the fixtures. Retrofitting can be a cost-effective and convenient option, as it can save installation time and labor, and preserve the original appearance and function of the fixtures. However, retrofitting may not be suitable for all types of lighting fixtures, as some may not have enough space or compatibility for LED light modules. Retrofitting may also not achieve the optimal performance and efficiency of LED lighting, as the existing fixtures may not have the best optics or design for LED light distribution.
- Replacing: Replacing is the process of removing your existing lighting fixtures and installing new LED lighting fixtures, with new structure and wiring. Replacing can be a more expensive and time-consuming option, as it may require additional equipment and labor, and alter the appearance and function of the fixtures. However, replacing can also provide the best performance and efficiency of LED lighting, as the new LED lighting fixtures can have the best optics and design for LED light distribution. Replacing can also offer more flexibility and customization, as you can choose the most suitable type and size of LED lighting fixtures for your stadium.
Before deciding which method to use, you should consult with a professional lighting designer or engineer, who can evaluate your existing lighting system and recommend the best solution for your needs and preferences. You should also consider the following factors when choosing your LED lighting solution:
- The level and type of play: Different levels and types of play require different lighting standards and specifications, according to the international or national governing bodies, such as FIFA, UEFA, NFL, MLB, etc. For example, professional or international matches may need higher lighting levels, uniformity and color rendering than recreational or local matches. Similarly, different sports may have different lighting requirements, depending on the size and shape of the field, the speed and direction of the ball, and the number and position of the players.
- The location and environment of the venue: The location and environment of the venue can affect the lighting design and performance, as well as the environmental impact of the lighting system. For example, the latitude and longitude of the venue can determine the sun path and angle, which can influence the glare and shadow effects on the field. The climate and weather conditions of the venue can affect the durability and reliability of the lighting fixtures, as well as the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the lighting system.
- The budget and operation of the venue: The budget and operation of the venue can determine the initial and ongoing costs of the lighting system, as well as the return on investment and revenue generation of the venue. For example, the purchase price, installation cost, operating cost and maintenance cost of the lighting fixtures can vary depending on the type, quality and quantity of the fixtures. The flexibility and functionality of the lighting system can also affect the ability of the venue to host different types of events and activities, as well as to attract sponsors and advertisers.