Basketball Court Lighting Plan
Looking to create a basketball court lighting plan? We’re here for you.
We’ve helped thousands of businesses with their basketball court lighting designs. Based on our experience, here’s what you need to know and how we can help you.
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What Goes Into Successful Outdoor Basketball Court Lighting Design?
A successful outdoor basketball court lighting design starts out with understanding the needs of the customer. How bright do you want the space to be? How often will it be used? Once we understand the lighting needs and physical dimensions of the court, including pole locations and heights, we can model the court in specialized lighting design software. The software creates a lighting design representing the physical court, light levels on the court, and how well balanced the light is across the court’s surface.
What Goes Into Successful Indoor Basketball Court Lighting Design?
The same standard that applies to outdoor courts applies to indoor courts as well, with one main difference. Lights are not mounted on poles at the sides of the court but rather mounted from the ceiling, like what you would find in a school gymnasium. In many aspects, it is easier to light up an indoor basketball court than an outdoor court, and achieving balanced lighting is also easier.
What Is the Ideal Indoor Basketball Court Lighting Layout?
The same standard for outdoor courts applies for indoor courts. The benefit of using professional grade lighting design software is that it can handle both outdoor pole mounted applications and indoor ceiling mounted applications and provide the customer with a detailed and visual report.
How Do You Ensure Low Glare When Designing Basketball Court Lighting?
Many options are available to combat glare. For indoor lighting, we recommend using frost lenses and choosing fixtures with low glare (UGR) ratings.
For outdoor basketball courts, we recommend higher mounting positions and using shielding when possible.
What Is the Ideal Outdoor Basketball Court Lighting Layout?
The ideal lighting layout includes a graphical depiction of the court, identifying pole locations, fixture locations and aiming data. The court displays foot candle measurements across the playing surface and also provides data (average / min calculations) showing how balanced the light is.
What Are the Recommended Basketball Court Light Levels?
This really depends on the level of play and the intent of the court. Typically, indoor courts are brighter than outdoor courts, and many communities restrict outdoor courts to some upper end level of brightness (30 fc).
Indoor courts can range from 30 to over 80 foot candles, depending on the purpose and use. A basketball court in a church gymnasium does not need television broadcast light levels. We will work with you to determine the ideal light levels for your needs. But, typically, 30 to 50 fc is all that is needed for indoor rec league type basketball courts.
How Many Lumens Do You Need to Light a Basketball Court?
There are some who think of light levels in terms of lumens per square foot. This easily translates into footcandles – 1 foot candle = 1 lumen per square foot.
If you’re thinking in terms of lumens per light fixture, then a lighting plan will help you determine the appropriate fixture to meet your lighting needs.