Direct LED Lighting

Tennis Court Direct LED Lighting

Direct Tennis Court LED Lighting Example - SES Lighting

Tennis Court Direct LED Lighting Standards

Direct tennis court LED Lighting can be a challenge with pole placements meant for legacy technologies such as Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium, and Induction lighting technologies.  The layouts for these technologies were designed to accommodate the limitations of their light distribution with no regard to how the pole placements impacted the players and the sport of tennis.

Therefore, when it comes to converting existing legacy pole layouts, SES Lighting is able to overcome these obstacles with the ability of LED Optical refraction lenses to “throw” the light where we want it, and achieve superior results in light uniformity.

When it comes to new construction, we are able to position the light fixtures to accommodate the players of the sport, since there is no limitation of how we can direct and distribute the light.

LED Conversion Utilizing Existing Pole Locations

Since we act as an “owners representative” for your facility and your customers, there is a science in reducing the impact of the light fixture with existing legacy pole placements. We use different techniques to aim the light away from players and direct it with optical refractors and lenses to minimize the glare when players are addressing lob shots or serves.

The picture below shows the limitations of legacy pole placements:

Direct Tennis Court LED Lighting - Limitations of legacy lighting technology pole placements - SES Lighting

With direct tennis court LED lighting technology, we can overcome the distraction of existing and traditional lighting layouts for the player on the surface.  It must be noted that traditional layouts were designed to place the fixtures on extremely long mounting arms to extend the light fixture as close as possible to the inbound court lines.  Your facility most likely was constructed with one of these types of layouts.

Direct Tennis Court LED Lighting - Traditional lighting layouts designed for legacy technologies - SES Lighting

Since we are dealing with a completely different technology with LED lighting, we are able to precisely aim the light to different areas of the court surface.  This enables us to remove the long fixture arms and mount LED fixtures directly on the pole, and away from the inbound court areas.

We are also able to aim the fixtures across the court so that the player at the baseline is not looking up at a light source when tending to lob shots or service shots.

We are able to do this by using different beam angles and light distribution, depending on the height of the light pole. Below is an example of our SES Certified Cross Court Aiming Technique.

Direct Tennis Court LED Lighting - cross-court aiming technique - SES Lighting

The “New Paradigm” for LED Direct Lighting for New Tennis Court Construction

The 2015 Sports Builders Construction Manual does not address LED Sports Lighting Fixture Pole Placement.  The reason is that there has been no industry standard to address correct pole placement.

SES Lighting has developed LED Direct Lit Fixture placement to benefit the sport of tennis.  No longer do poles have to be positioned between the baseline and net to achieve USTA lighting and uniformity.

With new court construction, we are able to achieve excellent results by positioning the fixtures at the net and corners of the facility! We have the ability to utilize higher poles because of the powerful light output of LED Sports Lighting Fixtures.

Now, finally, the light fixtures accommodate the sport of tennis rather than the sport of tennis accommodating the light fixture!  And the icing on the cake is that we do not have to have as many poles, which increase the construction costs of a new tennis court project.

Direct Tennis Court LED Lighting - LED Direct Lit Fixture placement diagram - SES Lighting


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Tennis Court Lighting Standards for the USTA

At SES Lighting, we have evaluated numerous products and only a few have the capability to provide Class I-IV USTA lighting standards. Whether direct or indirect sports lighting, the key component we find is to provide detailed before and after analysis that includes photometric studies and conformance to the USTA construction manual for sports lighting.

Talk to a Tennis Court Lighting Consultant

To contact an SES Certified Lighting Consultant®, or to learn how SES Lighting can provide Day One ROI for your tennis or sports facility, complete the brief form below or call (855) 594-4878.


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