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What Goes Into Successful Baseball Field Lighting Design?

Successful baseball field lighting 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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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.

What Is the Ideal Pole Height to Use When Doing Baseball Field Lighting Design?

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 Does Baseball Stadium Lighting Design Differ from Baseball Field Lighting Design?

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.

What Are the Recommended Light Levels for a Baseball Field? Professional? Collegiate? High School? Little League?

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

Recreational Play: 10-20 fc outfield, 20-30 fc infield
Little League Play: 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