The Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association approved the development of lighting guidelines in the 2002-03 school year. The following standards have been updated and accepted by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and apply to the lighting of all high school athletic activities sponsored by the IHSAA or its member schools.
Lighting athletic fields provides more opportunities for participants and allows increased family and community attendance at evening events. These standards incorporate the most current data available regarding the desired performance, lighting, electrical and structural issues that apply to installation of a safe, effective lighting system. Lighting technologies currently available vary greatly in efficiency, with the most effective providing life cycle savings equal to or greater than the initial cost of the system, depending on hours of usage.
The standards are divided into recommended minimums and desirable features. The minimums establish criteria important to safe conduct of IHSAA activities and include evaluation of operating costs over the expected life of the lighting system. Desirable features are established to give added values where appropriate for a school's needs.