Backyard Ice Rink Lighting
One of the best parts of having a backyard rink is that you can use it whenever you want, except at night, unless you have awesome Backyard Ice Rink Lighting.
Check out these amazing lighting solutions for the backyard rink. Lighting up the surface of the ice for hockey or pleasure skating can be pretty cost-effective using LED WorkLights. One thing to look out for when planning your lighting is to not mount the lights too low. You want to light up the ice from above so the lights aren’t blinding the skaters.
These lights are great because of the hook on the top. If you have trees nearby you can hang these lights up high enough that they won’t be shining at eye level.
Backyard Ice Rink Lighting Ideas
Getting ready to build your Backyard rink?
Use String Lights for your ODR – Outdoor rink
Though not as bright, it may be easier to use string lights to light up your backyard skating rink. These ones are commercial grade, and can be suspended, so you can hang them from further away from your rink if you have the height.
We have trees beside our rink, so I string up our extra Christmas lights around them. It provides enough light for pleasure skating, but for hockey, spotlights like the ones above are better.
Another option is to light up the ice from underneath. In the picture below, I ran LED rope lights under the plastic I used to make these rinks. The light was adequate for skating at night, but for hockey, it would require some additional spotlights. For a rink this size, it was a little small for hockey anyway.
Since I made these rinks there are a ton of new LED Rope lights that are available that would make a backyard rink even more fun. In the picture below, I used a white liner and ran LED rope lights under the liner. White lights up the ice nicely. The blue isn’t as bright, but it looks great.
Next year I will probably be using something like these ones. they come on 66 and 132′ lengths, are waterproof, and remote-controlled, so I don’t need to run out to the shed to turn them on 🙂
Here is another set from AliExpress. These ones would be perfect if you’re not in a rush and want a ton of lights.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you choose the best lights for your backyard ice rink. Check back as we update this post with our newest rink, currently under construction. See some of our past rinks here and get some great tips on how to build a backyard ice rink.
See more inspiring Ice Rink ideas on our pinterest board.
Backyard Ice Rink/ Outdoor Rink FAQ
Common questions about building your own Backyard Rink
How do I light my Backyard Ice Rink?
There are several ways to light a rink. For night use, you want to see where you’re skating, especially if you’re playing hockey, so hanging lights and spot lights work great.
To give your rink some pizzazz, adding lights under the ice surface also help with visibility, and make your rink super awesome!! Heres our rink with lights
How do you groom a Backyard Ice Rink?
Groom your backyard rink with this simple process:
1 – Remove any snow and loose ice covering the surface of your rink. A wide shovel like this works well
2 – Flood the surface with water (hot water will work better), and use a squeegee to move the water across the surface.
3 – Another method is to use a mop and bucket. This works well if you need to get hot water from inside.
How do you make lines under the ice?
Lines under the ice in these backyard rinks are from lights. You can also use a vinyl sheet and freeze it inside the ice. We prefer to use lights to add lines and markings to our rinks because they don’t attract sun during the day which melts the ice in those sections quicker.
You can also use bingo dabbers to create temporary lines. They will come off as you skate, but you can re-make them as many times as you like. The kids love drawing on the ice with them too.
Can I use a tarp for an ice rink?
Absolutely. Most of the rinks we’ve built have used tarps. Tarps come in all kinds of sizes to accommodate any rink. Remember to purchase a light colored tarp. White is best, but light grey will work too. Here are some of the tarps we recommend.