Guide for the Lighting of Sports Events for Colour Television and Film Systems, 3rd Edition

CIE 083:2019
Division 4


This Technical Report has been prepared by Technical Committee (TC) 4-55 of CIE Division 4 "Transportation and Exterior Applications" (formerly TC 5-26 of Division 5 "Exterior Lighting and Other Applications”) and has been approved by the Board of Administration and by Division 4 of the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage. The document reports on current knowledge and experience within the specific field of light and lighting described, and is intended to be used by all with an interest in excellence in light and lighting. The information provided here is advisory, and not mandatory.

The document is an extended and revised edition of Publication CIE 83-1989 Guide for the lighting of sport events for colour television and film systems, 2nd edition, replacing CIE 83-1989. The document summarizes television and film techniques with regard to their influencing and determining the lighting needs. Detailed quantitative guidance is provided on the quality aspects to be fulfilled for colour television and colour film including vertical illuminance, uniformity of horizontal illuminance, flicker, colour temperature and colour rendering of the lighting together with lighting requirements on the surrounding spectator areas. Reference is made to HDTV broadcasting techniques.

The publication is written in English, with a short summary in French and German. It consists of 41 pages with 10 figures and 5 tables and is readily available from the CIE Webshop or from the National Committees of the CIE.


  • Smith, N.A. United Kingdom (Chair)
  • Austin, K.J. United Kingdom
  • Lecocq, J. France
  • Lewis, D. Australia
  • Major, G. Hungary
  • Nielsen, T.K. Norway
  • Page, G. France
  • Schwarcz, P. Hungary


  • Jones, P. Australia
  • Lemons, T.M. USA