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Softball Field Lighting Layout

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

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Diamonds and other sports facilities are using softball field fixtures and LED sports lighting systems instead of previously traditionally used softball ballparks with metal halide or halogen floodlights to light up the playing field.

A successful softball lighting layout starts with understanding the needs and usage of the playing field. Determining the proper lighting levels for both infield and outfield locations.

The lighting layout takes into consideration the existing light poles or suggests locations for fields without existing poles. Lastly, as the calculations are performed, it’s important to pay attention to light levels and light balance across the entire space.

It doesn’t, the end goal is essentially the same. LED Lights are either attached to poles or stadium structure locations. They’re aimed onto the field area to get the light levels required. Understanding the physical location of light installations is important. Just as the mounting heights, but otherwise, there is no difference.

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

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.

That also depends on the level of play for your softball lighting project. LED Fixtures are variable in terms of power output and lumens produced, so the actual amount of led light fixtures you need depends a lot of your needs. A lighting plan will easily sort this out.

The range is quite large and depends on the level of play. On the low end, 10 lumens per square foot is a starting level. On the high end, infield lighting of 100 lumens per square foot is a very bright target.