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Baseball is an incredible sport, it is fun to watch and fun to play. People of all ages love this game which is played at different levels of competition and loved by millions of people all over the world. But the field where the game is played has to be carefully constructed and well illuminated.

Constructing a baseball field is a huge undertaking that requires careful planning as the appropriate dimensions and standards have to be adhered to. The same goes for lighting a baseball field.

Each field requires custom solutions depending on its location, size, and level of play. Lighting specialists use experiential knowledge and photometric analyses to come up with different lighting solutions for different baseball fields.

Since the debut of baseball, baseball fields and stadiums have evolved as lighting evolved. While the game was invented in the 1800s, up until the mid-nineteenth-century there were no nighttime baseball games. But thanks to some charismatic engineers and inventive lighting technology, the world has now become used to nighttime baseball games.

And as lighting technology continues to advance, the ballparks advance. Since LED lighting made its rookie debut, it has found its way into many baseball stadiums and fields as the push towards energy efficiency gains momentum. LED lights in a baseball field enhance the game for both players and spectators.

Lighting Requirements for Baseball Fields

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

Baseball fields typically require higher levels of lighting than other sporting activities as the playing object is small and fast-moving. When it comes to sports lighting, sports with small and fast-moving objects must be intensely illuminated than those with larger playing objects that stay 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 as those that have them. Lighting experts take all these into consideration before formulating suitable 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)70753.51001076.42.526.9221.5
Collegiate50538.270753.52.526.9221.5
High School30322.950538.22.526.9221.5
Little League30322.950538.22.526.9221.5
Recreational20215.330322.92.526.9221.5

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, which is why enhanced visibility is so important. These lighting guidelines apply even to recreational baseball fields as 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 luxes) on a surface and the minimum quantity of horizontal foot-candles (or luxes) on the same surface.

This ratio is very important in sports lighting as it helps lighting professionals to determine whether 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.

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

Baseball Field Lighting Layout

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 can easily run different options with our lights, and provide you with the proper information and guidance. We're here to save you money with LED. But it's as important to get the lighting right. 

Why choose MyLEDLightingGuide 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 you outdoor space.

3. High Luminous Efficacy (Lumens Per 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.

We offer 4000K and 5000K LED Sport Lighting solutions.

 

9. Energy savings up to 80%

50-80%

savings 

If we were to use sports terms to describe the energy-efficiency of LEDs, we would say that they are a slam dunk. This is because they generate more light while consuming less electricity. LED stadium lights have gotten popular in a very short time. The major reason why is because of the savings they offer teams, clubs, and owners of sports venues.

Metal halides have a life expectancy of 12,000 - 20,000 hours while LEDs have a rated life of 50,000 - 100,000 hours. Since LEDs last much longer than metal halide lamps, they are perfect for use in stadiums. They are also very well-built and need very little maintenance during their lifetimes.

LED lights can reduce energy consumption by as much as 90%. Pairing them with lighting controls ensure stadium lights are on only when needed. And if the lights are not used every day of the week, their life expectancy goes up.

10. Wet Location - Must be Waterproof

IP65
IP66

The longevity and efficiency of light fixtures depends on where you install them. Stadium lights are outdoors and affected by conditions such as water and humidity. This is why they must be designed for wet locations.

Wet locations where water can flow, drip, or splash on the fixtures can affect the components. The light fixtures must be UL Listed for wet locations. They should have an IP rating of 66. IP66 rated lights work well in all weather conditions for stadiums and sports fields.

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 in America. The drivers reported that the light was uniform and that glare had been reduced. Precise pole and fixture placement and advanced lenses ensure that drivers have the best visibility around the racetrack.

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.

Considerations for LED Baseball Field Lights

Glare Limitation

 

In baseball and football, there's a phenomenon called "eye black." The players wear black stripes under their eyes for one important reason: natural skin usually absorbs some light and reflects the rest. This can cause glare and impair the vision of the athletes.

They apply black stripes to prevent this from happening and ensure that their skin absorbs all the light, making it easier to keep track of the ball in mid-air. However, baseball players should not have to go to such great lengths to prevent glare when the problem is the lighting fixtures.

Glare index is very important for baseball field lighting. LEDs, just like any other light sources, can create glare. To prevent this from happening, you can get lights with diffusers which help to reduce glare. The lights must also be positioned in a way that they direct light downwards.

To limit glare, be sure to choose lights with a high color rendering index and a matching color temperature so as to attain the basic functional requirements. The light must be able to clearly show the activity of the baseball players during competition or night training and also ensure that TV broadcasts clearly show the instantaneous movements of the athletes and capture the trajectory of the high-speed ball.

The limitation of glare can be done by adjusting the height of the lighting poles, determining the projection point, and choosing the right beam angles for the lights.

    LED Lighting for Stadiums

    IP65 Logo

    IP Rating

    The international protection rating, also known as the IP code or the ingress protection rating, is made up of the letters IP followed by two numerical values. The IP rating system was invented by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international organization that deals with standardization.

    The goal of this organization is to promote international cooperation on matters regarding standardization in the electronic and electrical fields. The International Electrotechnical Commission works closely with International Organization for Standards (ISO).

    The IEC publication 529 contains a full description of IP ratings and their associated tests. When these ratings were first developed, they were used to classify enclosures. But thanks to technological advancements, they now provide engineers with a practical way of comparing levels of sealing effectiveness.

    According to the International Standard IEC 60529, the IP code defines the degree of protection lighting fixtures offer their internal components against intrusion of water, dust, and accidental contact. The fixtures protect the internal components from intrusion by solid objects such as wires, tools, and even body parts like fingers and hands. The main aim of the IP rating is to offer users more detailed information than what was there before – like vague terms such as “waterproof.”

    The first numerical digit indicates the level of protection the lighting fixtures offer against solid particles like dust, dirt, fingers, and hands. This usually ranges from 1 to 6. The second digit tells you the exact amount of liquids the lighting fixture can handle without experiencing damage. It ranges from 1 to 8. Higher numerical values typically indicate a high level of protection.

    Lighting Uniformity

     

    Lighting uniformity refers to the ratio between the minimum and the maximum luxes. Inside the baseball field, it refers to the average to maximum luxes. A good baseball lighting system must have uniformity so that there are no poorly-lit areas or shadows.

    A baseball field has unique lighting requirements because of its unique shape – it is shaped like a diamond. The lighting requirements for the infield and outfield are very different.

    A lighting designer must design the illuminance values of the infield and outfield to be significantly different. The boundary between the outfield and the infield can be a watershed of the illuminance value, decreasing the illuminance value of the outfield area that is adjacent to the infield.

    The beam angle and projection point of each luminaire must be carefully selected and calculated. If possible, the height of the lighting poles should be adjusted to ensure that the lights follow the standards set by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).

    Baseball field lighting must not only satisfy the average illuminance and average vertical illuminance, but also the proportional coefficient of the horizontal illuminance and the uniformity of the vertical illuminance.

    Light Quality

     

    Sports lighting is a type of wide-area lighting and must meet specific lighting requirements in order to follow the specifications that are often required for particular locations and applications. One of the things that largely determines the lighting requirements is the size and speed of the playing object.

    This is because it dictates the ability of the players to locate the object. For example, playing objects such as a tennis ball or a baseball are smaller-sized and move at a very high speed, compared to a soccer ball or a basketball.

    These balls are very hard to see in low or poor lighting conditions. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and other organizations that regulate lighting have developed sports field illumination uniformity and intensity minimums for different sports which are used for standardization purposes.

    When installing a lighting system in a baseball field, these standards must be met by the electricians doing the installation. A lighting designer can measure the illuminance over an area to determine uniformity. With the help of a computer program, they can choose the quantity and the type of lights to meet the values that are required for a field.

    Over the years, sports lighting has developed into a type of outdoor lighting, with characteristics like those of outdoor area lighting but unique to the requirements that are applicable when illuminating baseball fields.

    Two things that are very vital when it comes to the light quality are the illumination level as well as the uniformity of illuminance. However, for lighting to be cost-effective, these 2 factors must be combined with optimum performance at the lowest possible cost. In addition, both vertical and horizontal illuminances must be addressed, not just the illumination levels that are necessary for the best video camera operation.

    The design of the luminaires will depend on the placement of the lighting poles, the mounting height, and their aiming angles. Another desirable feature is the consistent overlap of the beam patterns as it makes the most of system performance and also cuts down costly engineering efforts that pertain to sports lighting systems.

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