Race Track and Sports Arena Lighting Techniques

Motor sports are increasing gaining in popularity across the United States. NASCAR, which was once the favored spectator sport of the South has now spread to every corner of the nation.

Its fans are always looking for other motor sports to enjoy when NASCAR is not in its racing season. In many cases, this means that fans are building their own lighted race tracks to race at on the weekends and during the evenings, instead of conducting illegal street races that are very dangerous to everyone on the road.

These home grown tracks harken back to the beginning origins of NASCAR racing when men and at times women, would get together and race their specialized cars down Daytona Beach in Florida, or along the rural roads of the South. If you are creating your own track, you will likely want to be able to race at night, and with the proper race track sport lighting, you will be able to do just that.

Most people who have their own tracks work during the day. This means that the only available time for them to race is either in the evenings or on the weekends. If you are racing during the summer, there is not much of a problem because in many parts of the United States it can stay light until well after nine o’clock at night, but for other times of the year, the days are much shorter.

Some people even find themselves leaving for work before dawn and returning home after dark in the wintertime to make up for time taken off in the summer months. Unless you have race track lighting, your hobby will be pushed to the wayside in the shorter winter daylight hours to the much anticipated weekend days.

Additionally, if you are in the middle of a race, without lights at the track, you will have to stop due to fading sunlight. This is a great disappointment for many race fans who believe that the only way to end a race is with a checkered flag.

It is not difficult to choose your own race track lighting. In fact, it is very similar to horse arena lighting on a larger scale that are perfectly adequate for this purpose. You do need to be aware though, that for the optimal lighting capabilities, you will probably need high voltage lights.

These require a professional electrician to install them, who is well versed in working with high voltage light fixtures. This is due to the dangers of working with such high levels of electricity.

The electrician will also know about any permits that must be gotten or restrictions on times when the lights can be on due to local municipal laws. It is his or her job to be aware of the governmental red tape that accompanies the installation of high voltage race track lighting.

You and your electrical contractor may choose to install a 1500 watt metal sports lighting fixtures, but you might be able to save some money by installing the light poles on your own.

Prior to purchasing any equipment consult with a lighting expert as well as the electrician for the best choices for your race track lighting package he or she is to install. The size of your track will determine the number and spacing of the poles.