Successful tennis court lighting begins with good design. The main factors to be considered in the design process are quantity of light and quality of light.
Quantity of Light
The quantity of light is expressed as an average lux level and is usually determined by the level of tennis to be played. General guidelines recommend lower levels for recreational play, medium levels for club standard and high levels for international or professional grade.
Australian and New Zealand standards recommend the following average maintained lux levels for the various levels of play.
- Recreational and Residential – 250 lux
- Club Competition and Commercial – 350 lux
- International and National – 1000 lux
Quality of Light
The quality of light is evaluated by the degree of light uniformity and lack of glare. Optimum uniformity is achieved by using light fittings that provide the correct light distribution and that are positioned appropriately around the perimeter of the court. Glare is kept to a minimum by utilising light fittings with precise cut-off distribution.
A quality lighting solution has to offer more than reliability, performance and value. It must become part of its surroundings, minimise any impact on the environment and reduce energy consumption.