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We specialize in high school, minor league and little league lighting systems for baseball fields. If you're looking to convert your old metal halide or halogen lighting over to LED, we can help you. Send us you field layout with dimensions, light pole locations, light pole heights and lights per pole, and we can do a lighting plan to show you how well your field can be lit up at night. 

Lighting Requirements for Baseball Fields

Baseball fields have different requirements. A little league game does not need the same amount of light as a World Series game. It's important to stick to recommended foot candles. You may end up with very bad lighting if you decide to focus on cutting costs.

Baseball fields need higher levels of lighting than other sporting activities. When it comes to sports lighting, games with small and fast-moving objects must be intensely illuminated than larger playing objects close to the ground – such as soccer.

Baseball is a unique game as the field sizes vary and this wholly depends on the level of play. For instance, a little league baseball field has smaller dimensions. The dimensions keep on increasing in size as the level of play increases. The biggest determining factor of how much light will be required is the size of the field.

It also dictates how many light fixtures will be used and also where the lighting poles will be placed. The placement of the poles is also affected by bleachers and seats. Baseball fields that do not have bleachers or seats do not require a lot of lighting fixtures. Lighting experts take it into consideration before formulating lighting solutions for baseball fields.

 

The Different Levels of Play and Their Lighting Requirements: In Footcandles and Lux

Outfield (FCs) Outfield (Lux) Infield (FCs) Infield (Lux) Outfield FCs (Max/Min) Outfield Lux (Max/Min) Infield FCs (Max/Min) Infield Lux (Max/Min)
Collegiate (Televised) 70 753.5 100 1076.4 2.5 26.9 2 21.5
Collegiate 50 538.2 70 753.5 2.5 26.9 2 21.5
High School 30 322.9 50 538.2 2.5 26.9 2 21.5
Little League 30 322.9 50 538.2 2.5 26.9 2 21.5
Recreational 20 215.3 30 322.9 2.5 26.9 2 21.5

The above table reflects the average of the most commonly utilized guidelines for baseball field lighting. Infield lighting levels is higher than the outfield levels.

The infield is where most of the direct action between the pitcher and the batter takes place. This is why enhanced visibility is so important. These lighting guidelines apply even to recreational baseball fields. Visibility is important in all sporting activities.

You may also be wondering what the max/min lighting requirements stand for. A max/min ratio is the median between the maximum quantity of horizontal foot-candles (or lux) on a surface and the minimum quantity of horizontal foot-candles (or lux) on the same surface.

This ratio is very important in sports lighting. It helps lighting professionals determine if there are areas of glare, hot spots, or shadows on a surface or field. A good ratio, under 3, generally means that the lighting is even.

But, a max/min ratio above 3 may show there are spotty areas of light. When it comes to baseball lighting, a ratio of 2 is ideal in the infield (at any level of play). While a ratio of 2.5 is acceptable for the outfield.

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Baseball Field Lighting Design

Why are photometrics important? They allow you to see your area and how it would look under LED Lighting taking the risk out of buying. We run different options with our lights, and provide you with the proper guidance. We're here to save you money with LED. But it's as important to get the lighting right.

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450W LED Stadium Fixture (44 fixtures)

Why choose LED Lighting Supply Baseball Stadium Lights?

1. High Voltage Solutions

100V-277V
277V-480V
 

We offer both standard voltage options of 100V-277V and high voltage options of 277V-480V. This include Canadian High Voltage standard of 347V.

Our stadium lights also come with 10kVA and 20kVA surge suppression options. This keeps them safe in unsafe weather conditions.

2. High Power Solutions

Replace 1000W HID
Replace 1500W HID
Replace 2000W HID

Our LED Baseball Stadium Lights produce from 33,000 lumens to 133,000 lumens. A combination of high lumens - high power LEDs and optics can brighten any sports field with energy saving LED.

We can produce a free photometric evaluation of your outdoor space to show you how well our LED Sports Lights work. It will show you what model is appropriate and what optic provides the best results for your outdoor space.

3. High Luminous Efficacy (Lumens / Watt)

135 lm/w
160 lm/w
 
 
 

Luminous efficacy is the major indicator of the performance of a LED bulb. It is calculated as the lumens generated for a single watt of electricity pulled. Luminous efficacy measures how well a bulb produces visible light. Which is usually measured in lumens.

We offer LED Baseball Stadium Lights with excellent efficacy ratings. This will save you even more money over early generation LED Stadium Lights.

4. The Right Beam Angle

15°
30°
60°
90°
120°

The beam angle usually dictates the distribution of light. If the beam angle is wide and the light uniformity is very high, the brightness on the ground will be very low. But, if the beam angle is narrow, the light uniformity is low. Many dark spots are on the ground despite the brightness of the light.

Choose lights that have the right beam angle balancing light uniformity with brightness. Our lighting engineers can show you by doing a photometric analysis. This will help you choose lights with the right beam angles.

 

5. Excellent Heat Dissipation

 
 
Heat sinks prevent LED lights from getting damaged because of overheating. Good ones are usually made of pure aluminum which has the best heat conducting rate (238W/mk). The higher the value of the aluminum, the higher its conductivity rate. A good heat dissipation system should provide enough air ventilation passage.

There should be space between each single row of LED chips. The structure should be hollow to reduce air resistance. This helps transfer heat from the lamp to the surrounding area. The heat dissipation section should also be large and dense. Aluminum fins can quicken the cooling process.

6. High CRI

70 CRI
80 CRI

The color rendering index shows how well colors are seen under a certain light source. It defines how a bulb makes an object appear to human eyes. The higher the color rendering index, the better a bulb’s color rendering ability.

When it comes to sports lighting, the color rendering index needs to be 70 and above. We can offer 70 and 80 CRI sport lighting solutions.

7. Glare Rating

 
 

While the glare rate is seldom mentioned, it is very essential in sports lighting. Too much glare may lead to visual discomfort and cause people to squint as they watch or play a game. It may also impair the vision of details and objects. For example, players may be unable to see fast-moving balls. Glare also reduces the brightness of the light in some areas.

Our led lights have advanced lenses that focus the light beam and decrease light leakage by 50%.

LED Baseball Stadium Light Choice

The glare rating for all light fixtures used in top level competitions must be 50. Fixtures used in intermediate level competitions must also have a glare rating of 50, except those used in athletics which should have a rating of 55. For lower level competitions, the lights must have a glare rating of 55, except those used in bowls (lawn bowls) which should have a glare rating of 50.

8. Color Temperature

4000K
5000K

Organizations specify the minimum allowable color temperature (correlated color temperature) for sports fields. The NCAA needs lights with a CCT of 3600K and above.

Our eyes adapt well to light sources with different color temperatures. Television and digital cameras do not. They must be adjusted to display the colors humans expect to see. This is why it is so important for LED lights in a sports venue to have the proper correlated color temperature. If they don’t, TV cameras will display irritating color shifts as they move across the field.

 

 

The Intangible Benefit of Converting to LED Stadium Lights

They Improve the Game Experience

LED lights not only improve the game for the spectators, they also improve it for the players. LED lights were installed at a race track. The drivers reported that the light was uniform and that glare had been reduced. Precise pole and fixture placement with advanced lenses ensure drivers had the best visibility.

When LED lights are installed in a hockey rink or a baseball field, they provide uniform light. This helps the players to see the speed of the hockey puck or the baseball. If metal halide lights are used in these spaces, they create bright and dark spots. As the ball travels through a shadow created by a dark spot, it appears to be slowing down or speeding up. This is a disadvantage to a player who only has a second to determine the position of the ball.

Perfect for Broadcasting

Metal halide lights may provide enough lighting to stadiums and sports arenas. But they were never built with today's TV broadcasts in mind. The thing is, a camera does not see light the way a human eye sees it. Modern cameras pick up blue, green, and red spectrums. It mixes these colors to create digital broadcasting.

Lighting that works for fans who are in the stands will not work for fans who are watching the game from home. But most sports venues can't broadcast in ultra HD, even with correct lighting. The lighting systems can't work with 4K or 8K broadcasts. This is another reason why stadiums and sports arenas must embrace LED technology.

Another big advantage of LEDs is that they don't flicker. This means they won't affect slow-motion replays with a distracting, flashing effect.

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Last Updated: 10/25/2020
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