Outdoor Barn Lights – Outdoor equestrian facilities, rodeo arena and horse arena lighting is becoming more refined every day. In the old days, horse arenas and outdoor rodeo lighting were lighted with outdoor flood lights, halogen lights or simply mercury vapor barn lights. These types of outdoor arena lighting did not have the lumen output or presentation to properly light horse arenas, holding pens, stables or horse training areas. In fact, all of these light sources are out-of-date, ineffective and inefficient. The foot-candle specifications for lighting equestrian and rodeo arenas are 50 foot candles for Class 2 and 30 foot candles for Class 3.
Most equestrian facilities have large creosote light poles that can be easily retrofitted with modern arena lighting metal halide fixtures. Sometimes these lights have brackets designed to mount on walls or buildings. Metal halide lights are a type of light source that is energy efficient, and produces a very bright light with good color rendering. It is part of the high intensity discharge or HID light category of outdoor lighting fixtures. Metal halide light fixtures are fast becoming the new standard in outdoor horse arena lighting. By using metal pole adapters and metal halide box floods, existing outdoor horse arenas can be updated and brought to life. This can often be accomplished without modifications to the existing electrical wiring.
Many horse arena lighting fixtures come standard with multi-tap ballast. That means you can hook up the horse arena or rodeo lights to 120 volt, 208 volt, 240 volt, or 277 volt systems. A typical 1000 watt metal halide light fixture wired to a 120 volt system pulls approximately 8.5 amps. That same light only pulls 4.25 amps at 240 volts. It is always a good idea to discuss modifications to your horse arena or rodeo lighting with an electrician or someone who is familiar with calculating electric loads before ordering.
To make your choice of outdoor horse or rodeo arena lighting simple and easy there are some basic arena lighting kits. The heavy duty mounting brackets are designed for use with 6 inch to 12 inch wooden poles. All the light fixtures can be rotated and pivoted on site to properly aim the lights as needed. It is recommended that you use the following guidelines for selecting a wooden pole lighting kit:
250 watt light fixtures are designed for a 20 foot or less mounting height
400 watt fixtures are designed for a 20 foot to 30 foot mounting height
1000 watt fixtures are designed for a 30 foot or more mounting height
Of course, if wooden poles are not what you had in mind for your chic equestrian facility, commercial light poles and light fixtures can be used for a more architectural and refined look. These professional outdoor commercial arena lighting kits are longer lasting, offer steel and fiberglass light poles, and are better suited for larger horse arena facilities.