Artificial sports lighting

This guidance will help clients, operators and developers to consider the benefits of including internal and external sports lighting for sports pitches and courts

To take into account current industry guidance and standards, consideration of internal and external lighting will be necessary for multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and artificial pitches.

Artificial sport lighting

This new guide covers both ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ sports lighting. It updates current codes on levels of lighting and identifies those sports that have special requirements.

At the same time it de-mystifies some of the technical complexities and gives simplified definitions of commonly used technical expressions that are used within the industry. 

Download the Artificial Sport Lighting Design Guide

The guidance describes the basic principles of lighting design and illustrates these by a number descriptive outlines and reference to some specific sports and activities. It also gives guidance in respect of light emitting diode (LED) lamp technology and differences between BS EN 12193: 2007 and Sport England/national governing bodies for sport (NGBs) requirements.

Briefing note and FAQs

This briefing note aims to encourage developers of MUGAs and artificial pitches to include outdoor sports lighting within their proposals. It outlines the benefits of including outdoor sports lighting and sets out the three key early steps in the design development process.

These cover the most frequently asked questions relating to planning, design, construction, and maintenance of artificial sports lighting.

They are intended for the use of clients, designers, and the wider public and seek to supplement our existing design guidance relating to Artificial Sports Lighting.

For enquiries regarding specific sports, we also recommend contacting the appropriate national governing body of the sport.