In-Direct LED Lighting

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting

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Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting Standards – The SES Certified Process® Determines the Right LED Solution for Your Facility!

Finding the right LED lighting solution for every lighting application for your facility  presents an incredible challenge. The right products are not easily found in typical purchasing channels and  most electrical contractors so not specialize in tennis sports lighting.  We have seen many contractors specifying high output high-bay fixtures for tennis court lighting projects that are not appropriate for this specialized, sports lighting application.

Since most indoor facilities have long run times for lighting, the utility and maintenance savings are significant enough to warrant a reasonable payback period in most cases.  Along with finding the right LED solutions comes lighting control systems.  Wireless solutions are available and will significantly reduce utility expenses and pro-long the life of your sports lighting fixtures.

Indirect LED Lighting Design

Optical Refraction Utilizing Optical LED Lensing

Light distribution with LED Technology is very important in designing the right lighting layout to maximize the light coming back down from the ceiling.  With over 20 different optical lenses to distribute LED lighting, this is an important factor our lighting engineers take into account for your facility.  To evenly saturate the ceiling and create optimal light uniformity, distribution of the light must be precise.  We have found using a combination of the optical lensing can maximize light uniformity and provide even light saturation on the ceiling which translates to even light saturation on the court surface.

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting Coverage - Optical LED Lensing - SES Lighting

Converting Existing Indirect Facilities to Indirect LED Technology

Before Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting Conversion - Wichita Country Club - SES Lighting

Wichita Country Club Indirect Metal Halide Lighting – 16 Fixtures per Court – Visible Dark Spots 

USTA Class IV Lighting

In making such an important and long-term investment, it is not simply a matter of changing the fixture to LED.  Legacy layouts like the picture above forced the light fixture into the playing areas due to the limited broadcast ability of metal halide technology.  In the layout above, the fixtures are located above and all around the players.

Especially with existing facilities, the first, logical step is to have SES Lighting take certified USTA light meter readings at your facility to determine your USTA classification.  This will help determine if other factors are affecting your light quality such as building trusses, HVAC equipment and the reflectance of your ceiling and wall materials.  Without certified light meter readings, you will be approaching your project with blinders on. You will have not clear objective in determining your brightness or your light saturation levels.  As the old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, every road will take you there!”  

As in the above picture, even with 16 fixtures per court, this facility has USTA Class IV lighting.

When addressing your conversion, LED technology will allow fixtures to be placed between the courts and not in direct view of players.  The mounting height of the fixtures is important to ensure players across the court do not see the fixture directly.

Tennis Court Lighting Photometric With Fixture Placement Between Courts - SES Lighting

Lighting Photometric With Fixture Placement Between Courts

Converting Existing Direct Facilities to LED Technology 

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting - Example of Before LED Conversion - Figure 1 - SES Lighting Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting - Example of Before LED Conversion - Figure 2 - SES Lighting

Belle Meade Country Club had Direct Fluorescent System Prior to Conversion with USTA Class IV Lighting

Conversion from a direct lighting system to and indirect system can be more challenging for your facility than you may think.  The traditional bank of fluorescent light fixtures between courts was “state of the art” 20-30 years ago.  Simply retrofitting the fluorescent tubes in an option, but not a very good one.  In fact, it will increase the glare for your players and cause complaints.

In most cases, your building will already have white ceiling material that will lend itself to converting to indirect LED lighting.  The challenges will be in evaluating:

HVAC System Placement

The massive banks of fluorescent lighting usually displaces HVAC locations to above the court in older buildings.  They are simply too massive to co-exist in the same space.  When evaluating the project, SES Lighting is experienced in relocating these units to maximize light uniformity and more importantly to remove all mechanical and lighting systems from the sport of tennis!

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting - Example of Before LED Conversion - HVAC Unit Placement - SES Lighting

Belle Meade Country Club Relocated HVAC Equipment Located Above the Players Area Prior To LED Conversion That Would Have Affected Light Performance

Project Management

With all the moving parts in converting your facility-lighting design, rebate administration, hiring of installation team (HVAC and Electrical Contractors), communications, photometric analysis, and warranty service, SES Lighting handles this complex process on your behalf.   The logistics can be complicated, but the SES Team has processes designed for a successful outcome with your conversion.

The installation process must be organized, efficient and managed to have a successful outcome

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting - Conversion to Indirect LED - Figure 1 - SES Lighting

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting - Conversion to Indirect LED - Figure 2 - SES Lighting

Above: Gervais Electric, Inc. in Nashville was Selected by SES Lighting to convert Belle Meade Country Club to USTA Class I Lighting


Keeping the project on-time and on-budget is what distinguishes SES Lighting Projects.  This comes from performing the due diligence before the project commences!  Another important part of maximizing the successful outcome is the arduous task of rebate administration.  This requires pre-authorization, site visits with the utility company before, during and after the project is complete.

Communications are key for your tennis court LED lighting conversion project.  Since SES Lighting acts as Owners Representative, you will have pre-construction meetings, progress meetings, and project close-out communications.  We take the entire process seriously and manage it from start to finish.

A Successful Outcome!

The funnest part of our job at SES Lighting is taking light meter readings after your tennis court indirect LED lighting conversion is complete.   The purpose is two-fold: To make sure that the correct brightness and uniformity is achieved; and for you to have the correct data to communicate with your tennis players.  This information “certifies” your new USTA Class of lighting and can be used to distinguish your facility from the rest of the field.

tennis court indirect LED lighting - Photometric Analysis - SES Lighting

Utilizing a professional company like SES Lighting is paramount in finding the right solution, professionally administering the rebate applications, procuring the right products, installing them correctly and servicing warranty issues.

Tennis Court Indirect LED Lighting Gallery

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USTA Lighting Standards

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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