Softball Field Lighting Layout
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What Goes Into a Successful Softball Field Lighting Layout?
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 pole locations, or can suggest locations for fields without existing poles. And lastly, as the calculations are performed, it’s important to pay attention to light levels and light balance across the entire space.
How Does Baseball Stadium Lighting Design Differ from Baseball Field Lighting Design?
It really doesn’t, the end goal is essentially the same. Lights are either attached to poles or stadium structure locations, and lights are aimed onto the field area trying to obtain the light levels required. Understanding the physical location of light installations is important, as well as the mounting heights, but otherwise, there is really no difference.
How Many Foot Candles Do You Need to Light a Softball Field?
It really depends on the level of play. And the infield should always be brighter than the outfield.
How Many Lumens to Light a Softball Field?
If you think in terms of lumens per square foot, it easily translates over to foot candles. 1 lumen per square foot = 1 foot candle.
What Are the Recommended Light Levels for a Softball 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
What Is the Ideal Pole Height to Use When Doing Softball 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.