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What Goes Into Successful Baseball Field Lighting Design?

Successful baseball field lighting design starts by understanding the needs and usage of the playing field. Then determining the proper lighting levels for both infield and outfield locations.

The lighting layout takes into consideration the existing pole locations. It can also suggest locations for fields without existing poles. As we perform the calculations, it’s important to pay attention to the light levels and balance.

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What Is the Ideal Pole Height to Use When Doing a Lighting Design for Baseball Fields?

There is an advantage that high poles have over low poles – it’s easier to create a balanced light over the space of the field. We would like to see poles 30 feet or higher when we perform a lighting plan on any outdoor sport field.

How can I measure my existing foot candle readings?

The best way to do this is to use a light meter. You can purchase these online. There are some light meter apps that you can also download, but they are not as accurate as light meters. Once you have an understanding of your existing light levels, its easy to develop a baseball field lighting layout that can meet or exceed your existing light levels.

How Does Lighting Design for Baseball Stadiums Differ from Baseball Fields?

It doesn’t, the end goal is the same. Lights are either attached to poles or stadium structure locations. The lights aim onto the field area to get the light levels required. It is important to understand the physical location of the light installation, as well as the mounting heights. Otherwise, there is no difference.

How Many Foot Candles Do You Need to Light a Baseball Field?

It really depends on the level of play. And, the infield should always be brighter than the outfield. We have done many baseball lighting design plans for customers, and by far the most popular ratio with great results is 50 fc infield and 30 fc outfield.

What Are the Recommended Light Levels for a Baseball Field?

There are different baseball field lighting standards for each level of play. Professional levels require much higher levels than little league play.

One of the most common requests we receive is for high school baseball field lighting standards. Below is a chart you can reference on the most common lighting levels for baseball fields.


Recreational Play 10-20 fc outfield, 20-30 fc infield
Little League Lighting Standards 20-30 fc outfield, 40-50 fc infield
High School Play 20-30 fc outfield, 40-50 fc infield
Collegiate Play 40-50 fc outfield, 60-70 fc infield
Collegiate Play (televised) 70 fc outfield, 100 fc infield