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Old 11-25-2012, 07:07 PM #1
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Question for those with lights for night play

I am looking for a lighting solution for my fields, more specifically, an economical solution.

My poles are spaced about 50', the field is 140x200.

I was thinking about putting two 500 watt halogen floodlights up on each pole (16' high) for a total of 28 lights on the field. I am wondering if you guys think this will be ample for safe night play. More so I am interested in learning what style/power lights you use on your outdoor fields.

I am thinking about going with the 500 watt version of this:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/....U LLAXqWSIy4

The same style fixture is available in 1000 watt lights here:
http://trinorthlighting.com/Store/in... &language=en

My last interest, is that running them does not break the bank. I am looking to run them on average about 20 hours a month.

Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:12 PM #2
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That is a lot of power for lights. You are looking at 116 amps a lot of power.

Look into Metal Halide lights (think sports arena lighting), the fixtures will be a lot more expensive but you will be able to put up half as many and the power and wire requirements will be much lower.

http://www.amazon.com/Pulse-Start-Me.../dp/B002ZPGTYO

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:20 PM #3
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Thanks,

I edited my original post to show another option that I am interested in.

One of my main concerns is, how far will the lights I linked broadcast, and how far will the light you suggested broadcast?

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:59 PM #4
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The light I linked will give you approx 36,000 lumens vs 9500-10,000 lumens for a 500 watt halogen and a slightly larger area of light compared to the Halogen Fixtures you listed. You will find cut sheets available from the manufacturer

You do not want the Halogen lights, your electrical meter will run off the wall! Not to mention you will be constantly replacing the halogen lamps (especially the 1000 watt).

Power requirements for both types of your fixtures will be pricey.

Years and years ago before i was an electrician we put 500 watt halogen fixtures on top of 16' poles spaced every 25' on a 200*100 speedball field (1 side only) This was just barely enough light to play by, but the far side of the field was full of shadows.

Also to add 400 watt metal halide lamps will have a life span of approx 20,000 hours vs 2,000 hours 500 watt halogen and the same for 1000 watt halogen.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:06 PM #5
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You do not want lights on the long ends of the field because of your mounting height, this will provide you tons of glare across the field (think why stadium lights are very high in the air)
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:52 AM #6
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Bigfootguy,

Try contacting your local power company and ask them if they will provide you with what you need. I did this years ago and the power company came out and installed the perfect lighting for my needs.
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Sal is right. The electro company will provide them for a monthly fee just like a security light. The metal halid is definitely the way to go. You can power 3 - 400 wats with the same amount of electricity. It depends on the style of fixture and mounting height. Mine cover about 25' at 25' high
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