Tennis Court Lighting

Tennis Layout

 Tennis Brochure

Tennis Court Packages

6-6 Recreational Package

6-6 HO Competitive Package

8-8 Recreational Package

8-8 HO Competitive Pro Package

4-8 Double Recreational Package

4-4 Recreational Package

 

New Construction:

Our ideal single court setup is an 8 pole setup using our highest output fixture.   That achieves ITF Class 1 (Pro) standard.   It is possible to do other configurations such as a 6 pole, 6 fixture setup or a 6 pole, 8 fixture setup.   Or even a 4 pole, 8 fixture setup using flood lights and 30' poles.   If you are lighting 2 courts or greater parallel, end to end or offset we can create a custom package for an existing pole setup or a new setup.  In the case of a 2 court parallel setup, we can use double parallel mounts on interior poles.

System Features

• 278 watt or 545 watt LED fixture setup is ideal for outdoor tennis visibility.   The 278 watt is a one for one for a 1000 watt HID, reducing energy by 75%
• LED Optics utilize forward throw

  • Allows for poles to be placed outside of court area reducing installation costs
  • Maximizes light inside of the court area
  • Minimizes glare

• High lumen per watt increases efficiency and reduces energy costs
• 100,000 hour life reduces maintenance costs to zero, with a possible 90+ year usability (at 3 hours per day/365 days/year)
• Instant on (no warm up period) increasing playing time, reducing energy costs 
• Quiet operation 
• 5 year warranty

Existing Construction

Not all tennis courts are created equal.  Here are a list of questions to think about when converting just the lighting fixtures.  We can build a package for your court.

1.  Are your poles in good condition?  Meaning will they last another 20 years?
Rusted poles need to be removed.  Many times poles rust from within much faster than the outside.  Good poles usually can be reused so long as the mounting can be adapted.

2.   What is the mounting height?  
If greater than 20' then you're in good shape.  If less than 20' you should consider changing.  There are a lot of courts with 18' poles.  The pole placement is critical in this decision.

3.  How are the existing fixtures mounted on the pole?  
Nearly every pole can be adapted to mount our high powered low profile fixtures.  Your pole may need to be welded at the top or drilled for the new fixture.

4.  What is the current configuration of the poles?  How many are there and what is the placement?
The best configuration is to have 8 poles per court.  It is best to have all poles placed outside of the alleys of play and with no poles behind 

5. What is the output of your current fixtures?
Most existing fixtures are 1000 watt Metal Halides.  Our HO fixture is a one for one replacement for this fixture, cutting the output from 1100 watts of total draw to just 278 watts.   A  75% savings

Once these questions are determined we can provide a lighting and mounting package for your court.

Hurricane Proof Tennis LightingHurricane Zone

If you live in a hurricane zone, we can prepare a custom package for you with wind load analysis to get a permit for your construction.  The worst thing is to have a pole blow over with a new lighting fixture as a result of a hurricane ,tropical storm or just a strong gust from a thunderstorm.  

• Our Cat 3-4 Hurricane Package is rated to 136 mph with gusts up to 175 mph.
• The low profile of the fixtures allows the use of cheaper poles but still maintains the highest load ratings required to withstand a Cat 4 hurricane
•  Aluminum poles for projects close to the water are powder coated and withstand corrosion much better over a longer period of time. 

Lighting Definitions, Standards and Pole Placement.

Class I: Top-level national and international competitions (non-televised) with requirements for spectators with potentially long viewing distances.

Facilities such as this are often stadiums and require 45' poles with arrays of lights.  We can provide this complete setup

Class II: Mid-level competition, such as regional or local club tournaments. This generally involves medium-sized numbers of spectators with average viewing distances. High-level training may also be included in this class.

This setup generally involves a high powered flood light setup with 30' poles placed in the corners to offer unobstructed viewing.  We can provide this complete setup using 30' poles, linear bullhorn mounts and flood lights.  Our 8-8 system meets most standards in this class.

Class III: Low-level competition, such as local or small club tournaments, colleges and universities. This does not usually involve spectator lighting. General training, school sports and recreational activities also fall into this class.

This setup is the most commonly used setup for tennis courts across the world.  Our 8-8 setup exceeds every standard in this class.

ITF Lighting Standards For Outdoor Courts
  Horizontal illuminance Foot Candles Lamp color temperature Color Rendering Index
Lux FC (K) Ra
Class I > 500* > 46.4 > 4000 > 80
Class II > 300* > 27.8 > 4000 > 65
Class III > 200* > 18.5 > 2000 > 20

 

 

In the picture the poles locations are 2' beyond the baseline with the center fixture at the net.   This is 39 fc, Class 2 ITF.  The reason for the precise pole placement is so the serving player will not be dramatically effected by the glare from the light.  Also during normal rally play, or overhead shots there will be sufficient light to hit from behind the baseline without being effected by lights from the opposing side.  Poles are evenly placed parallel to the alley at an even distribution.

Installation Factors:

Every installation is a little bit different depending on the setup, geographical location and soil density.  The process of installing our lighting package is easy but should be completed by an expert with proper permits and local standards met.   All poles and mounts will arrive pre-drilled for easy and quick installation.  Anchor bolts always pre-ship ahead of the fixtures and poles so they can be set prior to poles and fixtures arriving on site.   The poles are heavy and will require multiple persons for off loading and moving.   Or you should have some sort of heavy equipment for this process on site.  Pole weight can range anywhere from 200-500+ lbs.

What's the difference between recreational and competitive tennis lighting?

Recreational lighting: typically has lower light levels, uses shorter poles, has less uniformity (evenness) of light and cost less.  

Competitive lighting: typically achieves a minimum standard of of ITF Class 2 or Class 1.   The poles are higher to create ideal uniformity of light and might use more pole locations and fixtures.

*Every court we list online was made for somebody, just contact us and we'll make you one with your own custom layout.   

A special note to both potential clients and other distributors.  
I am a tennis player who owns a lighting company.  I can tell you that I actively think about the placement of lighting based on my style of play.   I play mostly singles and serve standing closest to the T.   For doubles I will move from the middle to the wide position but generally my ball toss is well outside the glare area.   If your contractor or distributor cannot discuss the impact of lighting on the style of play, feel free to contact me directly, or even better, let's play a couple of sets.   

"As a 5.0 tennis player and somebody who likes playing at night, I have come across poor tennis lighting.  Tennis is a battle of will and focus; and I like to play competitive, hard-hitting tennis.  I spend my day working on lighting projects and I don't want to think about lighting while I'm serving or returning.   I will make your court outstanding, so your only problem will be how to overcome the mental struggle of your forehand (or backhand), or for me my terrible net game."  - Chris,  Owner of LightDisty.com