Getting access to lit tennis courts can be a real pain. Even when the tennis courts actually have lights, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve been implemented according to any standard. This means that the light quality could be very poor.

Many light installers don’t even fully understand what it takes to achieve good lighting for a competitive tennis match. The standards dictated by the ATP tour are high, but can be used as a reasonable comparison even for players at a recreational level.

The most important aspect to remember when designing a professional lighting system is the minimum intensity of 70 foot-candles. This is a measurement of light intensity that is inside a 1 foot radius sphere. A system that that achieves this amount of illumination should also try to make the distribution of light as even as possible. This can be measured by taking a series of measurements at different locations around the court.

Measurements taken to check for intensity or light distribution should be made around the area of play. This is about three feet off the court’s surface. To effectively measure a large area, it is important to take at least 15-20 different measurements. This kind of thorough testing will help to ensure evenly distributed and high quality tennis court lighting.

To achieve the best results in uniformity and save on power consumption, a smart design needs to be in place. The most common design for tennis court lighting is to have four poles around 20-60 high on each side of the court. These poles will have floodlights mounted on the top of them and should be spaced evenly off to the sides of the court.

For tennis players, it is extremely important to be able to see the ball at all times. This means that all of the ball should be lit and there cannot be any angles from which the ball is not illuminated. In order to do this, there must be even spacing between the poles. While the system may be more efficient with the poles spaced very far apart, the quality of the lighting should always be a consideration.

The best designs require lots of planning and thought. You should always have a design like this in mind before you actually start building the system. If you consult the proper professionals and pay careful attention to design specifications, you’ll be on your way to a high quality tennis court lighting system.

Now that you’ve been introduced to tennis court lighting it’s time to get your design together. Before you do anything though, make sure you understand all the tennis court lighting requirements.. Also published at Tennis Court Lighting Design And Specification Standards.

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