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LaBella’s Athletic Field Lighting Recognized by Illuminating Engineering Society

Athletic field lighting plays an important role in competition, as well as athlete and spectator safety. Our recent work for the Town of Pittsford’s Thornell Farm Park was recently recognized for excellence in exterior lighting.

The lighting accompanied a new synthetic turf field, three new natural grass fields, tennis courts, parking, pavilions, walkways, and restrooms. The project was designed with digital lighting control, allowing the Town of Pittsford to react to cancelled or post-poned games from a cell phone.

Successfully lighting an athletic field requires engineers to consider both spill light and glare. Spill light is when the light “spills” beyond the footprint of what is intended to be illuminated. It’s a nuisance to neighboring homes. Glare must be considered for both athletes and spectators – both need to be able to see the ball when it’s in the air. Raising the height of the light fixtures addresses both problems. For the Town of Pittsford, we used forty foot poles at the tennis courts, and eighty foot poles at the soccer/lacrosse field. Selecting fixtures with internal louvers and external baffles also minimizes spill light and glare. The result: uniform lighting across the entire playing surface.