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  • Indoor Riding Arena - Lighting Suggestions

    I am wondering if anyone has lighting suggestions for our indoor. We bought our farm back in September and the arena lighting is terrible (very yellow and kind of dim). I want the arena to be nice and bright without breaking the bank. I would be willing to spend a little more money up front for something bright that doesn't draw a ton of electricity... or some kind of a green/solar solution - if it even exists. Any suggestions? Referals?

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    Brighter flourescents

    This won't cost you a fortune: try out one of the newer 8 foot fluorescent lights. This is about the cheapest way to light your arena, and you can simply replace the current tubes if you already have these fixtures. Looking at the fixture prices tho: they are all over the place..anywhere from $75-350, depending upon the number and type of bulbs per unit. I would personally buy lots of 2 bulb/tube lights rather than a few 8-12 tube units in order to have a more uniform distribution of light in the arena.

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      Originally posted by Culetose View Post
      I am wondering if anyone has lighting suggestions for our indoor. We bought our farm back in September and the arena lighting is terrible (very yellow and kind of dim). I want the arena to be nice and bright without breaking the bank. I would be willing to spend a little more money up front for something bright that doesn't draw a ton of electricity... or some kind of a green/solar solution - if it even exists. Any suggestions? Referals?
      Philips has some excellent LED lighting solutions that fit your needs.
      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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      • #4
        My barn uses really really long flourescent lights that work well and are easy to replace (with a really tall ladder!) However, they do not work well when it is damp.
        http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          GE lighting company has sales reps that work through Home Depot and Grainger. Both companies are nationwide and a rep will be happy to come make recommendations for free. GE Lighting or Grainger has 1-800 numbers if you just want to talk with a lighting specialist over the phone.

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          • #6
            I installed these last summer and have been really happy with them.

            http://www.prolighting.com/4t5wetlohiba.html

            I did 3 rows of lights and they are bright enough that I usually leave the center row off and ride with only the 2 outside rows turned on.

            The price has actually gone down a bit since I bought mine. The T5 bulbs are supposed to be energy efficient and I like that the fixture is waterproof and can be hosed down if needed.

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            • #7
              We had just built our indoor and wanted lighting but could not afford the cost of the fixtures. I looked in the regional newspaper and found a dealer in used building parts. We called and then visited his business and got all the lights we needed for the cost of a single new one. Seems used lights are often taken out of factories and stores when they are not at all used up.
              Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
              Elmwood, Wisconsin

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                #8
                Originally posted by justonemore View Post
                I did 3 rows of lights and they are bright enough that I usually leave the center row off and ride with only the 2 outside rows turned on.
                How big is your indoor? It keeps it pretty bright by the sounds of it?

                I am wondering how much lighting we'll need to re-do ours... right now we have three rows and the ring size is probably about 80' by 120'.

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                • #9
                  Mine is 60x120, but even with your additional width, I'm sure 3 rows would be plenty of light, unless you are hanging them really high. I think mine are suspended at 14 or 15 feet.

                  I did 3 rows of 6 lights and it's like full daylight in there with all 3 rows on. I could have gotten by with fewer lights or with the smaller 2-3 bulb fixture. It's a nice bright / crisp light - when I leave the indoor, the lights in the horse barn seem dim and yellow by comparison.

                  You might also check out Orion lighting...I spoke with them when I was light shopping and they were very helpful. http://www.equinelighting.com/

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                    #10
                    thank you everyone! this was helpful.

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                    • #11
                      Contact your local public utility and they will often send out a consultant for free. They can recommend energy-efficient lighting and often have rebate programs in place for installing "green" lighting for high-use customers.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Culetose View Post
                        I am wondering if anyone has lighting suggestions for our indoor. We bought our farm back in September and the arena lighting is terrible (very yellow and kind of dim). I want the arena to be nice and bright without breaking the bank. I would be willing to spend a little more money up front for something bright that doesn't draw a ton of electricity... or some kind of a green/solar solution - if it even exists. Any suggestions? Referals?
                        LED lamps can meet your needs.
                        LED Downlight

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                        • #13
                          From experience I've learned that if you talk to "lighting experts" about illumination needed in an indoor they'll give you a solution suitable for an industrial plant doing high end engraving work. And a bill for thousands of dollars.

                          Or you could go to your local Co-Op (or Big Box store) and buy 4-8 sodium vapor outdoor lighting fixtures. They will run about $100/ea. They do an outstanding job in our covered arena. As an energy saver, put them on timers (either automatic on/off or just timed-off).

                          If you are in a cold climate and your indoor is not heated you'll find flourescants are problematical on cold, winter days. Most LED solutions are still very pricy. Sodium vapor lamps are cheap and I've not had to replace a bulb in almost 15 years (except for the one that got broken by a dump truck delivering sand ).

                          Good luck in your project.

                          G.
                          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                          • #14
                            Unless the cold climate is really cold when you plan to ride
                            (like 0 F or below), flourescents will work fine as long as
                            you get cold temperature ballasts with the light fixture and
                            have lamps that are also suitable for those ballasts and the
                            temperatures.
                            Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                            Elmwood, Wisconsin

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                            • #15
                              And I haaaaate sodium vapor lights. They put out an orangey tint that I just don't like.

                              The new florescent fixtures with electronic ballasts don't care how cold it is, they will work just fine in any weather. You just have to buy the right ones.


                              I have 4, 400w metal halides that put out a clean, white light. I'm very happy with those fixtures and they are unphased by the weather.

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