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Lighting Design for Baseball Fields

The first question when working on a project is often: How Many LED Lights Do I Need for a Baseball Field? How bright does it need to be? How can I make this a successful lighting upgrade? A sports lighting layout for baseball and softball fields is the ideal first step to ensure your LED lighting gives the desired foot candle level and bright, balanced light.

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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.

What is the Ideal Pole Height to Use when Doing a Baseball Field Lighting Layout?

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 sports 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, it is 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. LED Lighting is either attached to light poles or stadium structure locations. The LED lights aim at 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. A little league or high school LED baseball field lights cost can also be far less than a professional stadium because they require fewer lighting fixtures.

How Many Lumens Do You Need to Light a Baseball Field?

It depends on the level of play. 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 lumens per square foot infield and 30 lumens per square foot outfield. The output of the LED floodlights used can dramatically impact the foot candles on the field. This is just one more reason to run a lighting plan. Check the chart in the next question for more information.

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

What is the Difference Between a Lighting Design Calculator and a Lighting Plan?

Use a calculator if:

  • You are looking for a free, online tool to quickly calculate the number of fixtures you need
  • You want quick, simple, and immediate results
  • You are looking for a count of light fixtures needed based on a specific budget
  • You need a rough estimate on quantity and layout/configuration does not matter
  • There is no need to include specific light balance and shadows in your documentation

Use a lighting plan layout if:

  • You would like a professional lighting plan engineer to review your requirements
  • You need a calculated lighting plan that shows foot candle readings
  • You need to see how balanced the light levels are, and you care about reducing shadows
  • You want to show aiming angles, and light positions in scale within your indoor or outdoor area
  • You need professional assurance that the lights you buy will be the right choice

Sample Baseball / Softball Lighting Plan and Heat Map

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Completed LED Lighting Supply Baseball / Softball Field Projects

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