Making sure there is no unwanted glare in a bowling alley setting is very important. Most customers want to bowl the best game possible, so if they are blinded by bright lights or glares in the process of bowling their game could become messed up. One way to eliminate or reduce glare is by installing directional lighting overhead and test out the placement of the fixtures to ensure that the direction of light scope is not creating any glares, thus impeding the bowler's visibility when stepping up to the lane. You can also install diffusers which help to further reduce unwanted glare.
Continuing on the subject of glare, one of the most important areas that need to be properly illuminated is the lanes. Lanes are coated with a waxy substance that helps the ball move along towards the pins, so naturally there will be some glare in this area. Many bowling alleys try to eliminate this with the use of dimmer lights, which isn't a great solution either because it creates overall visibility problems. You can avoid having these areas too bright or too dim by installing lighting between the lanes so that the scope of light spreads evenly across the lanes in a soft, gentle way to avoid glare while providing ample illumination. One thing to keep in mind, you should never place lights directly over the lanes because the majority of light will be on their shiny surface, creating a real problem with glare.
Even though lighting the lanes is extremely important, emergency lighting is just as important. The majority of bowling alleys have lights that are dimmed throughout the entire building, creating a similar environment like a lounge or nightclub, so make sure that you have highly visible emergency exits installed. Emergency exits need to be accompanied by backup light heads that are placed should above all building doors, hallways and other egress points to ensure there is proper visibility in case of an emergency.
You definitely want to cover all the basics when it comes to bowling alley lighting, but you also want to make sure that you have a fun and entertaining atmosphere where people want to come and spend hours with their friends and family. Lighting is always a great way to help achieve this. Add in some colorful strobe lights or disco balls illuminated by spotlights, this helps to mix fun lighting elements into the lighting plan. In short, don't be afraid of adding playful lighting because at the end of the day that's why customers are coming to your business, to have fun!
Having timers installed are essential to bowling alleys. Most have set times they transition over from standard fluorescent overhead lights to the fun colorful lights. Typically, this occurs at the end of the day when the after-school crowd of families and young adults come in to bowl. An ideal solution to make the transition as easy as possible is with the installation of timers. Timers can be useful in a variety of different ways, including turning off the bright overhead lights and turning on the colorful, dimmer lights to activating certain sections of lights to create a strobe effect in certain areas of the alley.