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Rugby pitch lighting requirements in the UK and Ireland

When it comes to floodlights for your rugby pitch, there are a number of requirements that need to be considered. These are dependent on the level of competition that will take place on the pitch and the related standards for lighting levels and lighting uniformity.

Governing bodies for rugby union at national and international level provide guidance on what your club needs to ensure its pitch or stadium lighting meet the necessary standards for safety and performance.

The following table provides details about the floodlighting requirements for rugby pitches set out by governing bodies in the UK and Ireland:

Governing Body

Category

Eave

Emin/Eave

RFU

Levels 2-5: Matches

200 lux

0.6

Levels 2-5: Training

100 lux

0.5

Levels 6-12: Matches

100 lux

0.5

Levels 6-12: Training

100 lux

0.5

WRU

A Licence

300 lux with the ability to increase to 500 lux

B Licence

300 lux

Class 1

500 lux

0.7

Class 2

300 lux

0.6

Class 3

250 lux

0.6

Class 4

140 lux

0.5

Class 5

75-100 lux

0.5

IRFU

Class II

200 lux

0.6

Class III

100 lux

0.5

In addition to the standards set by the organisations which govern rugby, European standard BS EN 12193:2018 also presents recommendations and requirements for sports lighting. For rugby, it specifies floodlight values for three categories as below:

 

Standard

Category

Eave

Emin/Eave

BS EN 12193:2018

I

500 lux

0.7

II

200 lux

0.6

III

75 lux

0.5

For televised or recorded fixtures, World Rugby provides standards for broadcasting quality as follows:

 

Governing Body

Category

Eave

Emin/Eave

World Rugby

WR1

2000 lux

0.8

WR2

1750 lux

0.8

WR3

>500 lux

0.7

 
(The tables above provide only some of the key values set out in the standards. For more detailed information, relevant guidance documents are available below in the Useful Links section.)

What do these terms mean?

 

Lux – the measurement of light calculated as a unit of illuminance lumens per square metre so 1 lux = 1 lumen/m2

Eave – average horizontal illuminance

Emin/Eave – calculation of illuminance uniformity

 

As well as the information provided by the governing bodies, our team of lighting experts are available to answer any queries you may have about floodlights and to support you through the planning and design stages of your sports lighting project. If you would like to discuss the floodlight requirements for your rugby pitch with one of our experienced team members, please contact us.

 

To find out more about how floodlights can bring added benefits to a rugby club, click here to see how floodlights have added to the 3G facility at Melrose Rugby.

 

Useful Links

IRFU Facilities Guidance for Floodlighting

RFU Floodlighting Installation and Maintenance Guidance

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page has been collated from various sources, including those provided above in Useful Links. This information may be subject to change at any time by the governing bodies and standards agencies.

 

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