Metal halides are currently the most used light source for Major League Baseball stadiums. Depending on how large the field, adequate lighting not only provides visual entertainment but high levels of safety as well. With a baseball traveling upwards of 130mph, you’re probably going to want to see that coming. But when led stadium lights come out, it is the best choice for a baseball park.
Known for its high lumen output, metal halide lamps have been the number one choice to light up baseball stadiums for decades. With the assistance from reflectors, metal halide lamps focus thousands of lumens towards the field. Combined with electronic ballasts, metal halide lamps were once considered the most efficient form of lighting for large spaces.
First baseball park with LED stadium lights
The Mariners benched some 600 high-intensity discharge (HID) lights in favor of an LED system designed by the Federal Way-based company Planned, which has already converted several buildings for Boeing and other companies.
Founder and CEO John Hwang uses human studies and economics to convince companies that LED can improve their productivity and control costs.
Studies show LED can incorporate a fuller spectrum of light and mimic the blue and red components of natural light. It can improve energy levels, moods, and performance of athletes and other workers.
Hwang said going LED will cut the Mariners’ lighting costs by 60 percent and says, under the team’s current level of light usage, the LED bulbs can last 50 years or longer.
Advantages of baseball stadium lights
Baseball stadium lights and sun can make it hard to see the baseball. To avoid seeing spots, it is vital to know the best way to find the baseball without having to stare at the stadium lights or the sun. Try using peripheral vision for spotting the ball.
To maximize your stretch while playing in first base, place the foot under the hand that you throw on top of the base. Reach toward the throw, stretching your glove to meet the ball. Step with your opposite foot to the baseball, stretching and keeping that first foot touching the base.
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