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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. It's played at different levels of competition but 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. It requires careful planning with appropriate dimensions and standards. The same goes for lighting a baseball field.

Each field needs custom solutions depending on its location, size, and level of play. Lighting specialists use photometric analyses to come up with different lighting solutions.

 

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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)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. 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 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. 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.

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 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 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 your 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.

 

 

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. 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.

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.

Athletes apply black stripes to prevent this from happening. They ensure 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 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, choose lights with a high color rendering index and color temperature. So to meet the basic functional requirements. The light must clearly show the baseball players during competition or night training. And ensure TV broadcasts can capture the trajectory of the high-speed ball.

Cutting glare can be done with these 3 considerations. Adjust the height of the lighting poles, determine the projection point, and choose the right beam angles for the lights.

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    IP Rating

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

    The goal is to promote international cooperation on standardizing 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 the associated tests. When these ratings were first developed, they classified enclosures. Thanks to technological advancements, it provides engineers a 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 the internal components against intrusion of water, dust, and accidental contact. The fixtures protect internal components from solid objects such as wires, tools, and even 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 digit indicates the level of protection against solid particles like dust, dirt, fingers, and hands. This usually ranges from 1 to 6. The second digit is the amount of liquids the lighting fixture can handle without experiencing damage. It ranges from 1 to 8. Higher numerical values state 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 there are no poor lit areas or shadows.

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

    A lighting pro must design the illuminance values of the infield and outfield to be different.

    Baseball field lighting needs to meet the average illuminance and average vertical illuminance. And 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. There's specific lighting requirements for particular locations and applications. One thing that determines 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. As compared to a soccer ball or a basketball.

    These balls are very hard to see in low or poor lighting conditions. Organizations have come up with standardizations. They have developed sports field illumination uniformity and intensity minimums for different sports. This is for standardization purposes.

    Electricians installing a baseball field lighting system need to meet these standards. 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 specific type of outdoor lighting. It has characteristics like outdoor area lighting. Yet, unique to the requirements of lighting baseball fields.

    Two things when it comes to light quality are illumination level and uniformity. For lighting to be cost-effective, 2 factors must be combined: the best performance at the lowest possible cost. Also, 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 lights depends on the placement of the lighting poles, the mounting height, and aiming angles. Another desirable feature is the consistent overlap of the beam patterns. It makes the most of system performance and also cuts down costly engineering efforts that pertain to sports lighting systems.

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