Horse Arena Lighting

Written by Dina Kayed
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A horse is a man's true companion. Horses are beautiful, graceful and strong, and we love them even though we no longer rely on them for transport. Horse racing has always been a very popular sport and continues to be so. It started as early as the 1800s with the participation of a few horse breeders, cowboys, farmers and gamblers. Bids were left at the saloon then used to buy the winning horse. Once people got more interested in racing, it began to be a showstopper. Work came to a standstill and people would stop and watch.

At this time, the first arena was built with the idea of keeping the racing off the streets. Arenas back then were nothing fancy, consisting simply of wooden planks for people to sit on around the racing area. Horse riding is not a chore; it's an experience meant to be enjoyed and savored. Horse arena lighting can provide sufficient illumination so that riding will no longer be for daytime pleasure only. Arenas differ greatly in size from location to location, so each venue needs its own individually designed lighting plan to cover the whole space.

Horse Arena Lighting

There are both indoor and outdoor arenas. Indoor arenas are the easiest to illuminate simply because they usually place the lighting fixtures at the bottom of the rigid framework that supports the overall structure of the arena. In other words, lighting is places at the bottom of the support trusses. Outdoor arenas pose a greater problem with lighting simply because there are no trusses to use.

Horse arena lighting systems should minimize energy use while at the same time producing plenty of light. Fixtures need to be durable and produce no glare or shadows. Look for fittings that will not rust. These days, computers can be used to calculate lux levels and plotting of columns. The number of fittings should be calculated and all positions planned out before installation of light fittings begins.


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