Softball Design Philosophy
Softball fields are commonly lit with fewer poles and fixtures compared to baseball because of their reduced size. The area lit is smaller and requires fewer fixtures. But the elements of design remain the same with the reduction of glare a priority. We encourage the use of four poles on anything with an outfield of 225’ or less. The outfield poles are placed in foul territory beyond the fence and provide light for both the infield and outfield. Light from these outfield poles needs to travel to the infield to light the face of the ball the way the infielder sees it. The infield poles will light the ball only in the view of the batter and catcher. Good infield lighting is achieved by lighting the ball from the front AND back so all the players in the infield have the same lit view of the ball. Many manufacturers will provide designs that light the infield from the infield poles only to produce the required light levels, not paying any attention to the direction from which the light comes from. And while this approach meets the basic design element of light levels, it falls short of lighting the ball from both sides and optimizing the safety of the game. An example of our softball design principles can be found below.
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