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Tennis Court Lighting Layout

Get Your Free Tennis Court Lighting Plan

The first question when working on a project is often: How Many LED Lights Do I Need to properly light an indoor or outdoor tennis court? How bright does it need to be? How can I make this a successful lighting upgrade? A sports lighting layout for tennis courts is the ideal first step to ensure your LED lighting gives the desired foot candle level and bright, balanced light providing the best experience for tennis players.

What Is Included With A Lighting Plan?

Checkmark Custom lighting layout with count & Placement
Checkmark Foot candle and light balance calculations
Checkmark Light fixture recommendation and quote
Checkmark Dedicated lighting specialist to assist with your project

How long does it take to get a plan?

Indoor1-2 business days
Outdoor2-3 business days


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The best way is to start with a physical drawing of the tennis court location. From there, it’s important to note:

A plan can be created inside specialized lighting software that lighting designers use to create lighting plans. The tennis court can be imported and modeled inside the software, and different fixtures can be ‘installed’ to see how well they perform and provide that perfect combination of lighting levels and light balance.

There are several, but the biggest benefit is that a lighting plan allows you to find the right combination of lighting before any money is spent (some companies charge for lighting plans – we don’t). This eliminates the mistakes that go along with guessing what light will provide the best lighting for you.

We have yet to see a situation where we went from creating a lighting plan to installing the fixtures and the customer was not happy with the results. Lighting plans are great at discovering problems and issues before any money is spent.

Lighting calculators are really basic tools that attempt to calculate the number of fixtures you might need to light up a space. What they lack is the detail in the design that shows how they should be installed, aimed, angled, and set up.

While they will calculate the number of fixtures based on the light level required, they do not take into account the light levels at the net versus light levels at the back of the court, and how well-balanced the light is.

When we make a lighting plan, we check for two main things – how bright is the lighting and how balanced is the lighting across the space. Bright unbalanced lighting is not a good result for anyone. No one wants to hit in the shadows on the court. Creating a lighting plan will eliminate these issues.

Yes, we do, for free. We have done hundreds of tennis court lighting plans for our customers. However, there is one caveat – we only create lighting plans using our lights. Scroll to the bottom of this page and ask for yours.

Tennis courts are typically consistent in size. The bigger factor is the light’s locations – whether it’s poles for an outdoor court, or ceiling locations if it’s an indoor court. If these locations do not pre-exist, we can recommend where they should be.

There are, but many of those come into play for courts used to hold tournaments. If you are looking to light up your backyard court or the court is part of a public park that allows its residents to play, lower light levels will be more adequate.

Here are some guidelines you can work with:

  • Recreation Level Lighting: 20 – 35 foot candles
  • Club Level Tennis Lighting: 30 – 60 foot candles
  • Competition Level Tennis Lighting: 50 – 80 foot candles
  • College / NCAA Level Tennis Lighting (televised): 90 – 120 foot candles