When searching for the most appropriate lighting solutions, most have unique considerations that need to be taken into account. For baseball fields, lighting needs to be bright enough to provide visibility and positioned properly to avoid blinding both the players on the field and the fans in the stadium. Below are some suggestions on implementing the best baseball field lighting.
Many years ago, most baseball games were only played during the day because there wasn't suitable lighting solutions available to allow for night games. So, when metal halide became the standard for outdoor lighting in high capacities, games started being played at night. Even though metal halides were ideal for the job because they were sturdy and capable of delivering appropriate levels of illumination, they have slowly been replaced by LED technology. LED lights provide the best return on lumen output for the wattage consumed, while also being longer lasting overall for a much better value.
Most baseball fields are not the same size, so this is a very important factor that needs to be considered when choosing lighting. For example, a professional MLB field isn't the same size as field that is used for little league games, so the lighting requirements are entirely different. Even though there are no set rules regarding how many lumens per square foot that are deemed appropriate for the majority of playing fields, you still want to take the size of the space into account to avoid a lumen output that is too much or too little for the area.
LED lighting is a very powerful solution, which can still create glare just like other types of fixtures. An easy way to avoid glare is to ensure the lights are properly positioned, so that the direct output only shines straight down, while also keeping in mind where light falls in general. You should also consider installing diffusers to help with eliminating glare.
For many field owners, the costs of operating lights is a real concern. One way that this can be controlled is with the installation of timers, which ensure the lights turn off at the end of the game to avoid operating them when they aren't needed. You can also use timers to have the lights turn lights on at dusk, so you don't need to have employees carry out that task.