Every location has its own unique lighting needs based on the area itself. When it comes to choosing the right gym locker room lighting, there are several elements that need to be taken into consideration to achieve the right outcome. Below are a few suggestions to help you implement the best locker room lighting in your location.
When it comes to designing locker room lighting, the issue of glares needs to be addressed in the planning stage. Since this area typically features a lot of mirrors, there is a high potential of blinding glares occurring due to the illumination bouncing off these reflective surfaces. There are a few solutions available to help reduce glares in this setting to create an enjoyable area for your gym members. LED is known to offer a glare-free light source, especially if you add diffusers, which will make the light gentler overall. You also need to pay attention to where the fixtures are placed to ensure the light spread is directed just above the mirrors at the wall if possible, to reduce glares.
Color temperature describes how warm or cool illumination appears to the eye. For example, warm color temperature is more on the yellow side, while a cool color temperature is white to blue-white. We recommend choosing a color temperature for a gym locker room that is pleasing to the eye and inviting but not so inviting it can make the space look dim or dirty. If you go too warm in color temperature, it can appear your location is trying to hide something by covering it up with lighting temperature. However, if you go too cool in color temperature, it can be too harsh and jarring on the eyes. So, we recommend staying in the 3500K-4000K color temperature range for this area.
When you’re looking for the right fixtures for locker room lighting, there are some great solutions to consider. For example, recessed fixtures placed directly in the ceiling is ideal for locker rooms since the fixture is protected and easy to clean, rather than having hanging fixtures getting in the way of guests or creating unpleasant shadows. Wall sconces are also a great choice for this area, since they can add uplight and downlight to the overall lumen count of the space, while looking attractive in the process.
Most gym locker rooms offer showers, which are convenient for guests. So, this area requires special consideration when designing a lighting plan. We recommend using wet rated or at the very least damp rated fixtures that are well gasketed to ensure they are long lasting given the conditions in this area. The fixtures need to be placed high up on the ceiling to ensure the best light spread can be achieved in this area. When it comes to shower stalls, we suggest using individual light fixtures to provide ample light for guests. Recessed fixtures are also great for this area, which helps further protect the them from moisture damage. However, you cannot just simply install recessed troffers. Instead, you want to make sure the fixtures are wet, or damp rated to ensure they’re suitable for use in this area.
The sauna is another unique area in gym locker room. Saunas use dry heat, so this needs to be taken into consideration when choosing light sources for this area. Typically, overhead lights that are recessed and rated for use in heat environments offer the best protection. If the location has a steam room, heat along with moisture is produced in this area, so you need to ensure the fixture is rated for use in wet areas and has the appropriate heat standards in place. Its important that you create a relaxing environment for guests in both areas, so make sure that you don’t overdo the lighting in terms of lumen output or color temperature. We recommend going with a warm color temperature that is around 2700K for these areas, while keeping the lumens low based on the square footage of the space.
While keeping all these previously mentioned elements in mind while deciding which fixtures will be used to light this space, LED is able to address them all and rise to the occasion with ease. LED provides high lumen output for a bright space, while offering lower wattages of energy consumed for better utility costs for this location. LED is also incredibly long lasting and durable, while providing a wide range of color temperatures so you can get the right solution for locker areas, saunas, showers, and more. It is available in wet rated options that are capable of withstanding heat, as well as a wide range of fixture types and appearances to accommodate the unique needs of your locker room.