It is often believed that LED floodlights do not require any maintenance and we are hearing this more and more frequently when speaking with new and potential clients. Whilst it is true that less maintenance is needed for LED sports lighting compared to traditional metal halide flood lights, there are a number of reasons why maintenance is very much still necessary.
The main reason is that maintenance often forms part of the warranty terms so to ensure a warranty remains valid, maintenance needs to be done.
When it comes to the performance of LED floodlights, maintenance helps to ensure optimum light output and therefore appropriate and safe light levels for the facility. Proactive maintenance also helps to safeguard against potential problems within a lighting system and can therefore reduce costs in the long-term whilst ensuring maximum lifespan from this important asset.
As a minimum, these Maintenance activities should be carried out for LED floodlights:
It is also recommended that lux audits are performed before and after maintenance to ensure light levels are what they should be for the facility and sport taking place.
With regards to frequency of maintenance required for LED floodlights, each manufacturer will have their own recommendations and it is also dependent on usage and geographic factors, such as salt spray, UV exposure, sandstorms and other climate-related influences.
To ensure you plan and budget for LED maintenance accordingly, we advise you to check the information supplied by the lighting manufacturer in the Operation and Maintenance (O & M) Manual and also the terms of the product warranty.
When it comes to who you should employ to carry out floodlight maintenance, it is important that you select a suitably qualified and experienced lighting contractor or manufacturer’s representative who can ensure that maintenance is carried out to uphold the conditions of the warranty.
If maintenance is not completed appropriately, there are a number of issues which can arise. These include: