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Roller Skating Rink Lighting

Roller skating rinks on a Friday night were all the rage for a good time during the 80's. While not as popular as they once were, they still retain their charm and retro feel while attracting a new generation of skating fans. If it comes to the lighting of roller skating rinks, there are certain things you need to learn to make your place look the best for crowd drawing. Here are 3 tips to master this lighting area customized to the specific character of your company.

One of the most common mistakes made when it comes to roller skating rink lighting is with the installation of too many powerful light fixtures. A skating rink should have lights to provide visibility for safety without being too bright or too powerful to distract from the atmosphere. A skating rink has its own unique dimly illuminated atmosphere, punctuated with colorful strobe lights or rotating spotlights for added pizzazz. The goal is to implement general lighting only in areas where it is necessary, such as bathrooms, entrances, stairs or rails, or concessions area, yet you maintain that dimly-lit quality associated with the rink area itself. You will, of course, want to make sure that you have the option of using brighter general lighting solutions over the rink itself for certain events or cleaning purposes.

Some of the main expenses for this type of business is the cost of lighting the roller skating rink. This mainly occurs due to a rink running lights continuously during business hours when they are not needed. It is also typically connected to an unsuitable form of bulb being used over more competitive consumer choices. Although many older rinks employed halogen, incandescent, or fluorescent, the market today provides a better option. With LED technology, you get a type of lamp that offers a better color temperature spectrum, longer lasting lamp life, lower energy consumption to dramatically reduce operating costs and a clearer illumination output in general. Another advantage of LED over other options is that other units don't have heat loss, so the lamp won't get too hot or add heat to the space. Best of all, LED now comes in everything from troffer tube lights to bright light spotlights.

Most people assume that the only way to create a warm setting is to reduce the overall lumen output in the space. Lumens decide brightness or level of illumination. You create a warmer, dimmer vibe by reducing lumens, but you will also be reducing visibility. A safer way to create a warmer atmosphere is to keep the lumens the same for matters of illumination but select a warmer temperature in the lamps. A warm temperature appears to be closer to yellow side of the spectrum, about 2700-3000k on the scale would be enough, so it helps you to create an impression of dimness and warmth without losing visibility.