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Frequently Asked Questions

In conversations with new customers, we asked what questions they wished they had asked before buying baseball lights. Here’s the list below. If you couldn’t find the answer, contact us at (888) 423-3191 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

General

How Do I Get Good Lighting on a Baseball Field at Night?

The best way to start is to have us create a lighting plan based on your needs and requirements. The plan will allow us to design and set the lights to achieve the right amount of foot candles as well as check the balance across the playing surface.

Can LED Lights Replace Metal Halide Baseball Lighting?

Yes, and we can replace metal halide lights 1 for 1. We have powerful LED solutions that can replace 1000 Watt to 2000 Watt metal halide lighting for your baseball stadium. And your existing lighting infrastructure should be good enough for LED lights, since it uses a lot less electricity than metal halide does.

Is LED Lighting Better Than Metal Halide for Baseball Stadiums?

Yes, on multiple levels. First, you can expect energy savings of at least 50%. Your maintenance cost will drop significantly as there will be no bulbs to change. It's well known that metal halide lumens drop significantly over a short period of time. However, that's not an issue with LEDs.

Plus, LED lights are instant on, instant off. So, you can use the lighting instantly, no need to turn on the lights 30 minutes before they are needed.

Before You Buy

How Much Does It Cost to Light a Baseball Field?

This really depends on what light levels you are trying to achieve. We typically do 2-5 lighting plans a week for baseball and softball fields and their layouts are similar.

There are usually 8 poles, 4 in the infield area and 4 in the outfield. One common request is 50 footcandles in the infield and 30 footcandles in the outfield. We can do this using 48 400 Watt LED fixtures. From there, the math is pretty similar - if half the foot candles is acceptable, then you can use the same layout using the same 200 Watt LED fixture.

Baseball Softball Lighting Plan

How Much Do Baseball Field Lights Cost?

Once we know your requirements, we can come up with a quote. The actual cost per fixture really depends on the fixture we need to use to best meet your lighting requirements.

How High Do Lights for a Baseball Field Need to Be?

There is no minimum height. Based on our experience, we’ve found that higher is better than lower. It's easier to achieve balanced lighting with higher mounting locations. Many of the fields we create lighting plans for range from 30 to 60 feet.

How Many Lights Do I Need for Baseball Field Lighting?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, the free lighting plan that we can create for you can give you a roadmap on how many and what type of lighting will meet your needs.

How to Select the Most Suitable Model of Light for Your Baseball Field?

The best way to start is to determine how many foot candles you need in the infield and outfield, and whether you are going to use your existing pole locations or new locations. Guessing is never correct, especially when it comes to baseball field lighting. Power, lumens, fixture count and beam angles play a big part in finding the best lighting solution.

What Are the Main Points for Baseball Field Lighting Design? 

How much light do you need in the infield or outfield
Are there poles? Where are they located? Do you need pole locations?
What are the light mounting heights?
How many lights per pole do you currently have - if any?
How do the current fixtures mount - if any?
What is your budget?

How Many Foot Candles Is Required for the Different Levels of Athletes?

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

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.

How Many Light Poles Are Needed to Light a Baseball Stadium?

For recreational, high school and other related fields, we have found 4 infield poles and 4 outfield poles are sufficient to get balanced lighting across the infield and outfield. But we have also done fields with 6 poles.

What Is the Recommended Pole Height?

There really is no recommended pole height, other than some basic rules, such as - higher is better than lower. It’s easier to light a field from 35 feet over 20 feet. For the most part, we can easily light a field with pole heights of 30 feet or higher.

Should You Buy Used Baseball Field Lights on Sale?

We would not recommend buying used lights. Buying used lighting is essentially hoping the lights will work out, with a very low probability of success.

What Is the Recommended Pole Height?

There really is no recommended pole height, other than some basic rules, such as - higher is better than lower. It’s easier to light a field from 35 feet over 20 feet. For the most part, we can easily light a field with pole heights of 30 feet or higher.

Fixtures and Fittings

What Is the Ideal Color Temperature to Use for Baseball Lighting?

We find the best color temperature is 5000K. Optionally, 4000K would be a second choice if you’re looking for a slightly warmer light.

Color Temperature Bulbs

What Optic Should I Use for Baseball Field Lights?

There is no one optic that meets all needs. It really depends on your pole heights and lighting requirements. A lighting plan will sort that all out for you. Fixture, wattage, lumens, optics, number of fixtures, and where to point them - everything will become much clearer.

Can I Replace Some of My Baseball Field Lights Now and Some Later?

Yes, but we suggest you do a pole at a time, rather than replacing individual lights.

Installation

How Much Does It Cost to Run the Baseball Stadium Lighting?

The best way to determine this is to think in terms of cost reduction. If you are currently running 1000 Watt metal halides, you can expect a 50-75% cost reduction in your lighting bill when you convert to LED.

How Do I Aim the Lighting When Installing Lights on a Baseball Field?

A lighting plan shows you where each light’s aiming point is located on the field. Mark all those locations on the field with a flag. We can provide a laser pointer that will allow you to aim each fixture to the flag on the field. LEDs are very tolerant. The direction does not need to be exact and the pointing direction can be estimated.

Free Baseball / Softball Field Lighting Plans

 

Why do you need a baseball field lighting plan? A lighting plan report allows you to view your baseball field with LED Lights without having to buy lights and hope you got it right. 

We provide free - no obligation - baseball / softball plans for our commercial / school customers.

 

Baseball Field Photometrics 

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