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Tennis Court Light Poles

As their name implies, tennis court light poles are used to mount luminaires that provide lighting for outdoor tennis courts. Powerful shoebox and flood lights can be mounted from these poles to provide bright and balanced lighting across the entire surface of the tennis court.

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Tennis is a fast-moving sport that requires a lot of dexterity and hand-eye coordination. A small ball moves at high speeds so it’s important that players can see it properly. This is even more important on an outdoor court on a cloudy day or at night.

Tennis courts are illuminated by flood lights that are mounted up high on light poles. The height of these poles and the number that you will want to use depends on the location and level of play of the game.

How Much Do Tennis Court Light Poles Cost?

Pole costs will vary. This is due to several factors:

The height of the pole. Taller poles will be more expensive.
The number of fixtures mounted on the pole. Poles that need to handle a heavier load will be more expensive.
The material that the pole is constructed from. Steel poles will cost more than wood poles, for example.

What Is the Ideal Spacing for Tennis Court Light Poles?

Before we describe the spacing for the light poles, it’s important to understand the lines and boundaries of a tennis court. Here is a helpful diagram:

Tennis Court Lines

What Height Is Best for Tennis Court Light Poles?

The optimal pole height will depend on the location and level of play on the court. Here are some recommendations:

Recreational / Residential – For locations like parks and residences, 20-26 feet is the optimal height. A lower height helps to prevent light from spilling into neighboring areas.

Commercial – For locations like athletic clubs and courts that host competitions, 26-39 feet poles can be used. You’ll need it to be high enough to further eliminate shadows. 6-, 8-, and 9-pole layouts are common in these areas, and 1-2 lamps can be used on each pole.

Professional Tennis Stadiums – For venues that are designed to host professional tennis events, 50-66 feet is recommended. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) says the minimum should be 40 feet, but it will depend on the location.

Here are a few other considerations for the height of your tennis light poles:

If the poles are too tall, there can be unwanted light spillover into nearby homes or businesses. It’s best to use shorter poles with LED lights. If you can’t replace the poles, you need to use lights with a smaller beam angle.

If the poles are too short, there is less distance between the light source and the court. This causes there to be a less uniform light spread and can produce a bright spot. Poles that are too short can also cause a glare issue.

4-Pole Tennis Court Layout

For a 4-pole layout, 2 poles are located on each long sideline. For all light pole layouts, they are never placed near the baselines because you won’t be able to illuminate the area near the net properly and it would increase glare for the players. You’ll usually want to have 2 lights mounted on each pole since this is the minimum number of poles that you will use. The benefit of having a 4-pole layout is that you use a smaller number of poles to save space. The limitation of using a 4-pole layout is that pole height needs to be increased to improve light spread and uniformity. This causes light to spill over into unwanted areas.

4 Pole Tennis Court Layout

6-Pole Tennis Court Layout

For a 6-pole layout, 3 poles are located on each long sideline. There are 2 additional poles at the center of the court compared to a 4-pole layout. 1-2 lights are mounted on each pole. The benefit of having a 6-pole layout is that it eliminates shadows. It also reduces light loss because each pole is responsible for illuminating a smaller area. The limitation of using a 6-pole layout is the higher cost. You are using more poles so there is a larger wiring and installation cost.

6 Pole Tennis Court Layout

8-Pole Tennis Court Layout

For an 8-pole layout, 4 poles are located on each long sideline. There are 2 additional poles at the center of the court compared to a 6-pole layout. It has similar benefits and limitations as a 6-pole layout.

8 Pole Tennis Court Layout

9-Pole Tennis Court Layout

A 9-pole layout is used to illuminate two adjoining courts. It has a 3×3 design where 3 poles are located between the courts and are used to illuminate both at the same time. The benefit of having a 9-pole layout is that it minimizes the number of poles to be installed for two courts. The limitation of using a 9-pole layout is that the middle poles will need to hold more lights. This means that those poles will need to handle a heavier load.

9 Pole Tennis Court Layout