LED lighting is one of the first steps for sustainability by the Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have taken the first steps in Major League Baseball history towards energy efficiency with the news they are the first team to install high powered LED lighting, Lookout Landing reports. The Mariners are looking for an improvement in the energy efficiency of the ball park as a whole and also hope to see an improvement in the quality of their play offered by the newly installed lights.

The specialist company Planled have headed the project, which saw the removal of 600 high intensity discharge lights in favor of a more energy efficient LED based lighting system. The initial savings offered by the LED lighting system include the chance to save around 60 percent in energy use and see the lighting system stay in place for upwards of 50 years.

Further improvements could be seen in the play of the team based at Safeco Field as they spend more and more time under the lights. The use of LED lighting is thought to provide a more natural feel for the players and includes a higher level of red and blue lighting to help players feel as though they are playing under natural Sunlight, something Marc Sparks agrees is important. LED lighting can also be raised and lowered to help boost energy levels of players before games and lowered during warm downs to aid the cool down of the body post game.