Client: Polytan Asia Pacific, for Georges River Council
Location:   Poulton Park – Hurstville, NSW
Year Completed:   2020

Project Description

  • Design & construct a 50/100 lux LED lighting system.
  • New underground reticulation & pole foundations.
  • 4 x 20m galvanised steel poles.
  • 12 x Optivision LED floodlights.
  • Relocate and re-use existing 18m poles and A3 maxi floodlights on training field.

As per the guidelines set out by Football NSW, adequate lighting for football fields is now an essential element in the ongoing viability of any venue.

While community football clubs are unlikely to need the standard of lighting required for televised matches, nearly all clubs need to be able to light their grounds so players of all ages can train safely and effectively at night, or even late afternoon in winter.

Some clubs and associations also want the option of playing games at night and it is important the correct level of lighting is chosen for the particular need of each playing field and consideration is made of the possible future use of the venue.

As the majority of football fields in NSW are controlled by local government it is essential clubs and associations planning to install or update lights liaise closely with their relevant council.

There are many considerations to be made when going through the process such as thorough planning, contract price, life-cycle operating costs, compliance to Australian standards, safety of all users and the impact on nearby residents.

The following guide contains some components that are technical in nature designed to provide clubs, associations and councils with the information they need when discussing a project with lighting experts.

Key Standards for football lighting

AS 2560.1 – 2002 Sports lighting Part 1: General Principles
AS 2560.2.3 – 2007 Specific Applications – Lighting for football (all codes)
AS 4282 – 1997 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting

The Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) contains lighting recommendations and requirements specific to football to ensure that the ball is adequately illuminated at all times while in play (this information must be accessed directly from the Australian Standards website

The standard deals with training and competition and takes into consideration spectator viewing requirements.

The standards contain information about maintained horizontal luminance (lux), minimum horizontal
uniformities (U1 & U2) and maximum glare rating. These properties vary depending on whether the level of play is recreational, amateur or semi–professional.

Football NSW has adopted the Australian Standard (series 2560.2.3) as the basis for match lighting
requirements by football for affiliated competitions.

Illuminance Requirements

Uniformity ratios are an important part of a complete set of lighting criteria and can have a positive effect on the quality of lighting installations. Adequate uniformity is required to create balanced lighting conditions so that people’s eyes do not have to continually adapt to a different light level. The Minimum Horizontal Uniformities are given in two ratios, each providing a numerical representation of the uniformity of illuminance over a given area.

This may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to average (U1) or it may be expressed as a ratio of minimum to maximum (U2) level of illumination for a given area. For example, (U1) club competition and match play minimum uniformity equals 0.5. The lowest level of illumination should not be less than 50% of average (U1) or 30% (U2) of the maximum level of illumination.