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Title: Soccer Field Lighting


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Soccer Field Lighting
  • The growing popularity of soccer in the United
    States has lead to a subsequent rise in the
    number of leagues that play recreationally. As a
    result, soccer fields have been popping up in
    various places, and they must be properly lit for
    the night-time safety of the players.
  • When looking to install soccer field lighting, it
    is best to consult with an electrician and local
    municipal outdoor lighting codes. Another prime
    resource hails from the US Soccer Foundation,
    which offers recommendations for soccer field
    lighting for optimal illumination.

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  • Lighting needs vary depending upon the size of
    the field and the number of spectators. For
    example, a field 180' x 330'designed for
    nighttime competition without spectators requires
    a minimum of 30 footcandles of horizontal target
    illumination continuously, while a professional
    stadium needs at least 75 footcandles. One
    footcandle is equal to one lumen spread over one
    square foot to show the quantity of the light
    being put out from the soccer field lighting. The
    amount of voltage available from the ballast a
    transformer - 

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  • should be taken into consideration when choosing
    lighting as well. Multi-tap ballast for soccer
    field lighting allows for greater flexibility.
    All of our soccer field lighting configured for
    either multi-tap ballasts for 120, 208, 240, and
    277 volts or choose the 480 volt ballast. The
    lamp should match with the ballast. For example,
    if you need a metal halide soccer field lighting
    sportslighter fixture it should be paired with a
    metal halide 400 watt ballast . It is best to
    constantly work with a qualified professional
    when choosing and installing soccer field
    lighting due to the high voltage levels that are
    being used.

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  • Soccer field lighting needs to be mounted
    properly on poles. The US Soccer Foundation
    recommends always using galvanized steel poles
    and mounting assemblies. To mount just two
    fixtures on a metal pole requires a light angle
    iron cross arm for metal poles. This is for use
    with the all the soccer field lighting fixtures
    sold. There are also options for 3 and 4 lights
    for either metal or wooden poles.

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  • The poles should be placed at least 20 feet from
    the sideline and outside of fences to avoid
    injury. The lights should be mounted at a height
    to minimize glare for the spectators and spillage
    outside the soccer field. By reducing the amount
    of light that spills over, nearby neighbor
    complaints will be reduced, and electricity will
    be saved as the lighting will function more
    efficently. The ballasts and electrical equipment
    should be in aluminum enclosures at least 10 feet
    above the ground, there should be a safety
    disconnet for each. Check the US Soccer
    Foundation's recommendations for soccer field
    lighting and a licenced electrician for further
    information on connections and mounting of the
    lighting.

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  • For any lighting needs, it is always recommended
    to consult with an expert electrician. They will
    know the local municipal codes and the proper
    handling and installation of high voltage soccer
    field lighting, but consult the soccer field
    lighting page for any of the lighting fixtures
    and mounts that are required by the electrician.
  • For any other questions about your or any other
    sport field lighting applications, call our
    lighting consultants toll free at
    1-800-239-2939. 
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