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Stadium Lighting Design

The first question when working on a project is often: How Many LED Lights Do I Need to properly light a stadium or sports field? How bright does it need to be? How can I make this a successful lighting upgrade? A sports lighting layout for sports stadiums 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 players and fans.

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A lighting design for LED stadium lights starts with understanding the needs and usage of the playing field. Different sports have different requirements.

The lighting layout takes into consideration the existing pole locations or suggests new pole locations for fields without existing poles. In the case of indoor stadium lighting design, ensuring the lighting works for all space usage is important.

The result is a lighting plan/sports lighting solution showing light levels across the playing surface, and light balance across the field. It details the lighting system used – be it sports lights or LED flood lights.

The recommended light levels will vary by sport and competition level. Here are a few simple examples of recommended lux levels.

  • Baseball (High school): Infield 50 foot candles – 500 lux, Outfield 30 foot candles – 300 lux
  • Football (High school): 40-50 foot candles, 400-500 lux
  • Softball (High School): Infield 50 foot candles – 500 lux, Outfield 30 foot candles – 300 lux

The recommended light levels will vary by sport and competition level. Here are a few simple examples of recommended foot candle levels.

  • Baseball (High school): Infield 50 fc, Outfield 30 fc
  • Football (High school): 40-50 fc
  • Softball (High School): Infield 50 fc, Outfield 30 fc

LED Lights have high light intensity and high light efficiency. As lighting designers, they make our lives easy because they are an incredibly good and efficient light source and can create both symmetrical and asymmetrical light distributions.

They come in a variety of color temperatures and high-quality CRI ( Color Rendering Index) LED chips that can make the viewing of most outdoor sports events enjoyable.

Everyone knows LED lighting has low power consumption and great energy efficiency more energy saving than traditional lighting systems, but most LED Stadium Lighting is available in multiple beam angle options. This can help to decrease light pollution and increase the uniformity of the light on the field.

Lighting standards are sport-specific, as well as competition-specific. For example, baseball fields have different lighting requirements for infield to outfield. These differ between middle school, high school, college, and minor league. The same holds for football stadiums. Light levels for middle school fields will be lower than light levels for college-level fields.

Because there are many types of stadiums and levels of play, the lumens required is quite a large range. However, on the low end, 30 lumens per square foot is an ideal starting point up to 150 lumens per square foot.