Imagine this: You have energy-efficient LED lights in your baseball stadium, and you can control them with a remote lighting timer. However, you keep forgetting to reset the lights to turn on earlier as the days shorten.
Just a few minutes of inadequate lighting is all that it takes for an outfielder to miss the game-ending catch. It could also mean player injuries if, for example, the second base player misjudges the distance of the runner, who then slides into him.
Few things are better than kicking back to watch a baseball game on a warm summer evening. Whether it’s a professional league or a little league game, watching baseball is one of the greatest American pastimes. However, as the sun sinks low on the horizon, the players and the spectators rely on the stadium lights to keep the action going.
Technology has revolutionized nearly every industry, ballpark complexes included. Are there new trends in ballpark remote lighting timers that can help solve issues like scheduling?
Trend 1: Energy-Efficiency
Metal halide lights have been an industry standard in ballpark lighting, but many ballparks are switching to LED lights. Metal halide lights take 15 – 20 minutes to warm up, so they have to run longer than LEDs. Their warm-up period also makes it impractical to turn the metal halides off between games.
LEDs use significantly less energy than metal halide lights, which is better for the environment and lowers the stadium’s energy bill. Also, the LEDs and metal halide bulbs are comparable in price initially, but LEDs have a much longer life. Over the entire life of the LED bulbs, a ballpark can see significant savings.
Trend 2: Better Lighting for Players
LED lights are brighter than older lights, but brighter alone isn’t always better. Sometimes bright lights make it more difficult for players to track the ball. However, LED lights are more focused on the field and produce less glare. The result is that players can track the ball better, and less light spills out into the surrounding neighborhood.
Trend 3: Remote Lighting Timer
The rise of automation in the past few years has made our lives easier. Now, baseball field owners can set their lights to a schedule so that they turn on and off automatically. The combination of switching to LEDs and ensuring that your lights are off each night can slash a ballpark’s energy bill.
However, property owners have to remember to reset the lights periodically to keep up with “drift,” or the natural variations in the day’s length throughout the year.
Trend 4: Leaving Photocells in the Past
Photocells and outdoor lighting are ubiquitous, but the failings of photocells have driven many ballpark owners to leave them behind. A photocell is the light-sensitive component of the light that signals it to turn on when the sun sets and off when the sun rises.
The primary issue with photocells is that they have a short life. After one or two years, they’ll malfunction, which makes the light stay on all day and night until the property owner replaces it.
For ballparks, it’s especially important that their lights go out at night. Even with minimal spillover, ballpark lights are still very tall. Property owners have to carefully monitor their photocells because malfunctioning lights can glare into nearby neighbor’s windows all night.
Expect More Out of Your Ballpark’s Remote Lighting Timer
What if your ballpark lights turned on automatically with the sunset, and you never had to adjust the start time manually? With AccessLink™ powered by OutdoorLink, players won’t have to struggle to track the ball at dusk. Each light pole has its own GPS unit to control “drift,” which is more reliable and has a longer life than photocells.
Most ballpark remote lighting timers have basic convenience features like the ability to set schedules and to control them from anywhere. However, AccessLink™ powered by OutdoorLink is packed with convenient features that knock it out of the park. If your lights turn on or stay on when they shouldn’t, you’ll get an alert. Instead of bothering the neighborhood with the lights, you’ll be able to turn the lights off remotely.
AccessLink™ powered by OutdoorLink can also control the lighting in your parking lot. In addition to GPS that will keep the parking lot lit all night, each pole is equipped with a SmartWeather feature to turn lights on and off based on nearby Doppler radar. No matter the time of day or weather conditions, baseball fans will be able to make their way to their vehicles safely.
If you want your lights to practically control themselves and you want to save on your monthly energy bill, choose AccessLink™ powered by OutdoorLink.
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AccessLink™ powered by OutdoorLink is the standard in commercial remote lighting control. Stop wasting time and money with outdated photocells and unreliable timers. Remotely control your exterior lighting by simply touching your phone screen or with a couple of clicks on your tablet or laptop. Experience the convenience of AccessLink today. Contact us here, or give us a call at (256) 885-9768.