Lighting should always be tailored to the location. With tennis court lighting, there are certain factors that are unique to the location which will determine the appropriate solutions. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your lighting plan for this area.
1. Look at Lumens, Not Watts
For this area, it is key to remember that lumens are the most important deciding factor, not watts. Many people look at watts and assume they should be the main thing to look at in terms of performance. Wattage is how much energy is consumed to create the illumination whereas lumens represent the actual level of illumination in a nutshell. The goal is to find the highest lumen output versus lowest wattage consumed to find the best in terms of both performance and output of light.
2. Know the Size of the Court
Most standard tennis courts run about 78 feet long. This factor matters because the lighting needs to extend the entire length of the court for a few reasons. The first being this is one of those rare sports where the net is placed in the middle of the court. Visibility needs to occur there to keep players in the game. The ends of the court also need adequate lighting since this is where the players remain during the game. While some courts may be smaller and therefore require less light, knowing the size of the court is crucial, regardless of size, to know how many solutions you will need overall.
3. Check Out Beam Spread
While many courts employ solutions such as a metal halide fixture because of how will it perform in terms of longevity, there are a few reasons to look at other options. Metal halide fixtures tend to disperse light more to the sides rather than down and out. While the side lighting is acceptable, it doesn’t really give the best of the best in terms of additional capability. With an LED solution where the beam is more uniformly dispersed downward, you get more control of where the scope of illumination will fall.
4. Choose Low Heat Emitting Options
Another reason to consider LED is that they are low to no heat emitting. When athletes are playing, they do not need extra heat from the overhead lights. If LED is too far outside your project budget, you can also consider compact fluorescents since they are lower heat emitting than traditional metal halide fixtures.
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