For a tennis court, making sure you have the correct foot candle levels and that the light is evenly distributed is crucial. Most people assume the look at the wattage of a fixture and assume it provides the best performance. However, this is not the case. Wattage describes how much energy the fixture is consuming to provide illumination, whereas lumens describes the actual illumination that is being provided. We recommend finding a fixture that offers the highest lumen output with the lowest wattage being consumed. This will give you the best in both performance and output of light.
Typically, standard tennis courts are 78 feet in length. Determining the entire length of the court is important for a few different reasons. First, since the net is placed in the middle of the court, this area needs to be highly visible and the ends of the court need adequate lighting as well since that is where players remain during a tennis match. Knowing the actual size of the court is crucial, since this will be the determining factor in informing you of how many light fixtures you'll need overall.
Typically, most indoor tennis courts use high bay fixtures that either bounce light off a reflective ceiling, or point directly downward. It's important that glare should be non-existent. Instead, the light distribution should be even and uniform. We recommend fixtures with high beam angles that range between 120 to 150 degrees to achieve this. Outdoor tennis courts typically consists of area lights or shoebox lights. These lights are designed to provide enough light to cover large outdoor areas. They ensure the tennis courts will be adequately illuminated, while adhering to outdoor lighting standards. Regardless of whether you have an indoor or outdoor tennis court, we recommend an LED solution. This will give you more control of where the scope of illumination will fall, ensuring the distribution of light will be uniformly dispersed. When compared to older HID technology that was used in the past to illuminate tennis courts, LED provides an energy reduction of 75% or more. Also with LED, it doesn't require long strike times like HID fixtures, which could take up to 30 minutes to re-light to full power. Instead they come on and turn off instantly.