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What Is Stadium Lighting Design?
A stadium lighting design starts with understanding the needs and usage of the playing field. Different sports have different requirements.
The stadium lighting layout takes into consideration the existing pole locations, or can suggest new pole locations for fields without existing poles.
The end result is a lighting plan showing light levels across the playing surface, and light balance across the field.
What Are the Recommended Lux Levels For Stadium Lighting?
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
What Are the Typical Foot Candle Requirements For Stadium Lights?
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
What Are the Typical Stadium Lighting Design Standards?
Lighting standards are sport specific, as well as competition specific. For example, baseball fields have different lighting requirements for infield to outfield. And these differ between middle school, high school, college and minor league. The same holds true for football stadiums. Light levels for middle school fields will be lower than light levels for college level fields.
How Many Lumens Are Required For Lighting Up a Stadium?
There are two main ways to think of light levels – foot candles and lumens. Foot candles can be easily translated into lumens using the following formula:
1 foot candle = 1 lumen per square foot.
So, 30 foot candles is the same as 30 lumens per square foot.