LED Tennis Court Lighting
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’re looking to light up indoor or outdoor tennis courts, there’s a lot of information to consider. Scroll below to find answers to our most common questions. Or call at (888) 423-3191 to speak with a lighting expert.
What’s the Advantages of LED Tennis Court Lighting?
LED lighting has several advantages over the metal halide lights
Instant ON – Instant OFF
50-75% energy savings
Bright, high quality light for years to come without costly maintenance
What Type of Lighting’s Available for Tennis Courts?
For indoor tennis courts, LED Tennis Court Lighting Fixtures mount on the ceiling. The light points down, similar to a gym light. Or points upwards, reflecting against a white reflective surface.
For outdoor tennis courts, lights are pole mounted on the perimeter of the court. They resemble LED Shoebox Lights or LED Parking Lot Lights. These lights use special optics to “throw” the light towards the center of the court.
What Are the Appropriate Lighting Levels for Recreation / Amateur / Professional Tennis Applications?
|Tennis Level||Suggested Foot Candles|
|Recreation Level Lighting||20 – 35|
|Club Level Tennis Lighting||30 – 60|
|Competition Level Tennis Lighting||50 – 80|
|College / NCAA Level Tennis Lighting (televised)||90 – 120|
What Is the Best LED Tennis Court Lighting for Indoor Tennis Courts?
There are two options. And it all depends on whether you want light pointing downwards or upwards.
The best solution for lights pointing downwards is High Bay LED lights. We recommend a UFO LED light with a frosted lens. It will reduce the amount of glare produced. These lights are powerful, bright, and robust. So hitting them with a tennis ball will not cause any damage.
If your tennis club uses up-lighting, a cost effective solution is to retrofit with a LED Retrofit Kit. This allows you to keep your lights and convert to LED. Or, we do have fixtures that can be pointed up and reflect down on the court, like our high power flood lights.
What Is the Best LED Tennis Court Lighting for Outdoor Tennis Courts?
There are two options, and both are pole mounted solutions.
If the poles mount near the perimeter of the court, then a shoebox style light is a good option. It is important that you choose the right type of optic package with these lights. Some are particularly good at lighting up courts and not the area behind the courts. They’re considered ‘forward-throw’ optics. And most shoebox lights meant for parking lots are not meant for tennis courts.
If the poles are mounted further back, LED flood lights are a great option to light up the outdoor court area. The flood light power and beam angle you need relies completely on your requirements. And physical locations of the poles.
How Can You Improve Your Indoor Tennis Courts with LED Lighting?
The quality of light far exceeds metal halide and fluorescent lights. Without all the hassle these lights have. The light quality and light levels will last a long time. And with proper planning, you can achieve balanced lighting across the playing surface.
How Does LED Lighting Supply’s LED Tennis Court Lights Compare To Musco Lighting?
Musco offers a very high-feature and performance system that you typically see in professional stadiums that can include specialized RGB lighting and sophisticated controls for the fixtures. The cost level is reflective of this advanced functionality.
In comparison, LED Lighting Supply primarily focuses on school, club and recreational tennis courts. We offer both cost competitive and performance options for tennis courts that meet the needs of most schools and recreational applications.
BEFORE YOU BUY
What Would You Recommend for LED Tennis Court Lighting?
More so than recommending a specific light, start with a lighting plan. Try to decide how much light you need, and determine the poles configurations and height.
How to Estimate the Ideal LED Tennis Court Lighting for an Outdoor Tennis Court?
Always start with a lighting plan. A lighting plan will give you a report on how many foot candles you’d need across the court. It will check the balance of light from baseline to baseline. It calculates the number of lights you’d need, as well as the pole/ceiling mounting locations.
How Do You Design Indirect Indoor Tennis Court Lighting?
Indirect lighting requires the use of reflective surfaces. The light points upwards and reflects off the ceiling and back down. The advantage of this type of lighting is that it is a great solution if you are trying to reduce glare.
The disadvantage is the fact that it takes a lot more light to get to a certain foot candle level.
Are There 1000 Watt LED Tennis Court Lighting?
If you are talking strictly metal halide lights, 1000 Watt and 400 Watt are the most common light options. If you are talking about LED lights, the wattage needed to replace both of those lights is much less.
What Is the Best Lighting Distribution for Outdoor Tennis Court Lighting?
In the world of LED, we can take advantage of well designed optic packages. And the ones we see work best are ‘forward throw’ optics. These optic packages throw their light forwards onto the court, and not under the post. The goal is to get the center of the court lit as as the edges of the court.
It’s easier to light up an indoor court. Like a gymnasium, lights can hang from the ceiling. It is easy to hit light targets from above and have the light well balanced.
How Much Do Tennis Court Lights Cost?
Tennis lights are not expensive. And many of the lights we’ve used to light up tennis courts are affordable. Our UFO high bay starting from $116.
What’s the Best Color Temperature for LED Tennis Court Lighting?
Our customers ask first for 5000K. 4000K is also available. Those are both great options.
How Many Lumens to Light a Tennis Court?
When lighting up a tennis court, we recommend that you determine the light levels you want (foot candles). Create a lighting plan to achieve those light levels. A lighting plan will give you a visual report of foot candle readings across the court. Along with the fixtures used to achieve the results and lumens per fixture.
What Beam Angle Is Ideal for Tennis Court Lights?
Wide beam angles are best. Tight beam angles are good for stadium lights. But we’d only recommend that if you are lighting up the US Open stadium.
What Are the Common Tennis Court Fixture Mounting Methods?
For outdoor tennis court lights, they’re pole mounted fixtures. And the most common mount is slip fitter and straight arm pole mount.
For indoor courts they’re several ceiling mounting options available. These include eye hook, pendant mount and wire/chain suspended mount.
What Are Your Recommendations for Wiring Tennis Court Lights?
Wiring is simple as there are only three wires – line, neutral and ground.
How Far Should You Place Light Posts Outside a Tennis Court for Lighting?
Close enough so the light can reach the center of the court and far enough away so as not to interfere with play.