Leisure facilities are large spaces, that require a great deal of lighting to not only keep your customers happy, but also to ensure that your facility is safe and secure. This lighting can be expensive and energy guzzling, so it is important to make sure you are spending your money on the right lighting choices.

Here are 3 things to think about when lighting your leisure centre:

Energy Efficiency

Whilst energy efficiency may feel like a buzzword at the moment, it is, of course, a lot more than just a popular trend. Introducing energy efficiency into your leisure facility minimises your energy usage which in turn reduces your energy bills. This reduction of energy also helps lessen your company’s carbon footprint, which can only be a positive, both in terms of your brand image, but more importantly, in helping to create a greener planet.

So, with this in mind, how do you ensure your leisure facility’s lighting is as energy efficient as possible? Well firstly, for larger businesses, make sure your facility has undertaken the mandatory energy assessment scheme (ESOS). This evaluation looks at all elements of your company’s energy usage, including lighting, to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible, as well as identifying cost saving measures.

Once you have established how energy efficient your lighting system is you may either want to completely replace your lighting or simply upgrade it to a more energy, and money, friendly system.

At MSL, we not only provide a comprehensive ESOS service, but, in partnership with Lumilow Lighting, one of the UK’s most innovative lighting technology companies, we can design, supply and install new energy saving lighting systems into your facility.

Right Choices

As with most large facilities, leisure centres require a huge amount of lighting. However, it is not as simple as a one light fits all method, leisure facilities need different lighting for different areas and needs, so it is important that you get it right. For example, changing rooms require a subtle balance of lighting as the lights need to brighter over the mirrors (to avoid shadows), but other areas of the changing rooms, such as toilets, need less illumination. We highly recommend our IP65 luminaires for the perfect changing room lighting.

Conversely, outdoor playing pitches/fields require strong lighting. This not only helps players see their game, but it also means that your outdoor facilities can be booked throughout the year, even in the dead of dark winter. LED floodlights are a popular choice as the lighting can be spread along the pitch, rather than focused on a specific area. Similarly, Sodium floodlights are also an option, as they have a longer life span so are a better financial investment, though the light is not as strong.

We are able to offer advice and guidance for your leisure centre lighting, from the best swimming pool lights, to the appropriate gym lights, to ensure that you are getting the best lighting options for your facility.

Suitable Maintenance

Ensuring that your lighting system is regularly maintained can help make sure that any repairs or replacements are sorted early on. This diminishes the chance of unexpected breakdowns which are not only expensive, but disruptive for your customers and staff – swimming in the dark is neither fun nor safe! Investing in a planned maintenance system will eliminate these issues, as well as helping your lighting systems last longer.