DIN EN 12193 · Sports lighting

DIN EN 12193 for sports lighting defines the minimum lighting requirements in tables for all sports.

In addition to the specifications in the table, the standard also specifies further quality requirements for each sport:

for the colour rendering of the lamps and for the reference surfaces to which all the specifications in the table apply. It also defines grid points for the reference areas where calculation or measuring points are to be located.

Reference areas
The reference areas assigned to each sport are divided into:

  • principal area (PA) and
  • total area (TA)

The requirements concerning the degree of illuminance and its uniformity apply mainly to the principal area of the sport.

Three illumination classes

A soccer game by a youth team needs less light than a game by the national team. For the various requirements of the players as well as for the spectators, DIN EN 12193 has introduced three illumination classes: The higher the competition level and the further the spectators are from the events on the field, the higher the illumination class must be.

Illumination class I
High-performance competitions, high-performance training;
spectators: long distance from the sports event

Illumination class II
Medium-level competitions, performance training;
spectators: medium distance from the sports event

Illumination class III
Simple competitions (usually without spectators), general training, general school and recreational sports

Outdoor facilities

General sports halls

Uniform illumination of the hall is important for a good view of the entire playing field. Special features of the individual types of sports must be taken into account. For school sports with training, maintained illuminance of 200 lx and uniformity of 0.5 are generally required.