Lighting is to enable the safe movement of both horses and rider appropriate to the standard of participation. The action of both must be clearly seen by spectators, officials and trainers. The lighting installation should provide even illumination over the total floor area. Shadows should be avoided as these may cause horses to shy.

Most purpose built arenas are rectangular in design, although the overall dimensions may vary considerably. The smallest arena size for dressage is 20m x 40m. but more commonly the arenas are around the 60m x 20m.

In many cases the most cost effective lighting solution would be provided by a side-lighting system for outdoor arenas and overhead illumination for indoor.The lighting must be adequate to enable the safe progress of both horse and rider over the jumps and to discern the finer points of dressage, it is important that a high degree of lighting uniformity is achieved with sufficient lighting to remove shadowing and glare around show jumping fences.

The eye level of a rider is typically between 2mt and 2.5mt above ground level and may significantly increase when jumps are taken. This should be considered when determining a suitable mounting height for lights. Glare to both horse and rider should be limited as much as possible. The main course direction for show jumping and dressage will be along or diagonally across the principal arena axis. With floodlights directed across the arena, a side-lighting installation will provide the least glare towards participants.

Lighting Uniformity

Well planned lighting positioning produces more uniform lighting to reduce shadowing

Risk of Glare

Horses’ vertical visual range is narrower, its important to install lights at the correct height for riding safety

Enhanced Visibility 

High CRI for equestrian lighting gives rider and horses more vibrant colour and contrast clarity for equestrian safety

Colour Rendering Index CRI

A colour rendering index is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colours of various objects in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. Light sources with a high CRI are desirable in colour-critical applications.

Equestrian lighting standards

Australia does not currently have any lighting standards (but soon to have ) we go by the European lighting standards



Class 1:  Top level competition

Class 2: Intermediate level competition

Class 3: Lower level competition & supervised training

Light Pollution (Obtrusive light)

All living things adjust their behaviour according to natural light. Man’s invention of artificial light has made significant enhancement to our night time environment but, if not properly controlled, obtrusive light can present serious physiological and ecological problems.

Obtrusive Light, is a form of pollution and can be substantially reduced without detriment to the lighting task. Forms of light pollution includes

  • Light keeping you awake through a bedroom window or impedes your view of the night sky,
  • Sky glow, the brightening of the night sky above our towns, cities and countryside,
  • Glare the uncomfortable brightness of a light source when viewed against a dark background, and
  • Light Trespass, the spilling of light beyond the boundary of the property or area being lit,are all forms of obtrusive light which may cause nuisance to others, waste money and electricity and result in the unnecessary emissions of greenhouse gases.

Do not “over” light. This is a major cause of obtrusive light and is a waste of energy. There are lighting standards for most lighting tasks, adherence to which will help minimise pollution.

With current new technology, light pollution can be a thing of the past. Sonaray’s lensed lighting technology not only controls the lighting direction to avoid unnecessary wastage and pollution but also enhances the light for far better efficient result. Only create light for the purpose you want to lit up. 




Brighter lumen output but light can only be direct with reflectors which loses efficiency and limited in light penetration. Great for areas smaller areas.


not as bright as SMD but, 100% of light is used and directed via lens technology for more light penetration, hence a more effective and efficient light. Flexible lighting due to variable lenses angles available. 



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