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Tennis courts lighting needs optimization around two main things: energy savings and usability. Without those, you are going to pay excessive energy bills and have a poor playing experience.

We've worked with tennis court owners to optimize their lighting. LEDs are also the number one energy efficient tennis court lighting option. Nothing comes close to LEDs ability to reduce energy consumption by up to 75%. This enables the conversion to LED solutions to actually pay for itself.

Solving Tennis Court Lighting with Optics

One issue with lighting up outdoor tennis courts is the location of the poles relative to the the court. The poles are usually far away from the edges of the court as to not disrupt or cause harm to the players. But this works against lighting, the closer it is to the area you are lighting, the better it is.

To solve this, we have a series of outdoor fixtures with "Forward Throw Optics". They distribute the majority of the light far from the base of the pole. This allows for the lights distribution to go where its needed, lighting up the courts.

Tennis Court Lighting Photometrics

Indoor LED Tennis Court Lighting

Commonly, for an indoor tennis court lighting system, you will find high bay fixtures. Some point upwards to light up a reflective ceiling. Others point down, but its imperative to reduce glare. Frosted lenses help with that.

It's also important to make sure distribution is even and uniform. We recommend high beam angles to accomplish this - 120 to 150 degrees.

When converting to LED indoors, you have two options: to replace your high bays or to retrofit them. Both have their benefits, and it depends on your needs. Here are the main options for indoor tennis court LED lighting. If you have special fixtures that upthrow their light to the ceiling, retrofit is a great option.

Not sure which LED indoor tennis court lighting option is best for you?

Contact us and a lighting professional will help determine which indoor solution is best.

LED Tennis Court Lighting

Outdoor LED Tennis Court Lighting

Outdoor tennis court light systems typically consist of area lights or shoebox lights.

These types of lights output enough light for large outdoor areas. This enables tennis courts to be illuminated to meet outdoor lighting standards.

With lighting that outputs so much light, they require a lot of energy to run. With our outdoor LED tennis court lighting options, they enable you to maintain high light output, with less energy consumption. Typical energy reduction is 75% or more. However, with old HID technology and long strike times, turning off lights was not an option. They can take up to 30 minutes to re-light to full power. With LED, its instant on and off. Running LED Lights is a big cost savings. Other intangible benefits of being able to turn off lights saves even more.

Not sure which LED lighting products for outdoor tennis courts you need?

Contact us and a lighting professional will help determine which solutions may be best for you.

LED Flood Lights for Tennis Courts

Tennis Court Lighting Costs in 2019 (updated)

The costs of lighting changes from year to year. As technology gets better, prices drop and efficiency increases. With this ever changing landscape comes misinformation.

The Costs of Tennis Court Light Fixtures

The costs associated with your tennis court / sport lights can vary. You will have five main factors that play into the actual costs:

1. The lighting technology used (LED, metal halide, HPS, etc).

2. The company or place you purchase your lighting system from.

3. Retrofitting or full replacement.

4. Quantity of fixtures needed

5. Your tennis court foot candles (lux) requirements or desires


LED Tennis Court

As with any industry, what brand you buy from and what technology you buy is going to be the biggest cost variable. Take note of initial costs of the fixtures and running costs over the fixtures lifetime.

Comparing LED to traditional light sources, operational costs will drop by 60-75%. Maintenance costs will drop to near 0. You will not have to replace HID bulbs regularly.

When comparing LED fixtures, not all are built equal. Efficiencies can vary greatly. When you compare 2 150W LED High Bays, one may be more expensive than the other. Closer observation shows that the more expensive one produces a lot more lumens. It is more efficient. So instead of buying 150W, you might only need to buy 100W to get the equal lumens output.

The 100W will have a better price than the 150W model. And over the lifespan of the unit, save you a lot more money with lower operational costs.

If you don't take all this into account, you could be buying a much more expensive fixture than you bargained for.

The Dangers of not preparing properly

On top of efficiencies, buying an off the shelf light from an online company may become a nightmare. How will these lights perform? You have no idea until you install them. And then hope there's enough light and the lights distributed properly.

How can you avoid this pitfall. Do a photometric first. We've included an example photometric on this page that shows an upgrade to LED. You can see light levels and how even the distribution is. We offer free photometric evaluations.

Cost of Running Your Tennis Court Lights

Below we are going to run a simple comparison of the cost to run a typical metal halide high mast with a LED one.

We will keep things simple. And while we are referencing the LED vs HID operational cost, the cost analysis can run between any light.

Let's get into the example:

Let us assume you have 10 lights. Currently, your tennis lights are metal halide and use 1,000 watts per fixture. To replace with LED, you might find a comparable 400W LED Fixture.

In total, the metal halide lights are consuming 10,000 watts (assuming 10 lights) and LEDs would use 4,000 watts. That is 2.5 times less energy consumed, which can visibility lead to huge savings.

This reduction from 1,000 watts to 400 watts per fixture is exactly why tennis courts convert to LED.


    Extra Tips for Reducing Costs

    • Choose LED tennis lights for the lowest energy consumption. Compare lumen outputs and efficiencies. LED efficiency can vary dramatically. 
    • The long lifespans of LED will reduce maintenance costs and replacement bulb costs. 
    • Retrofit solutions allow you to replace HID components with LED in hard to find fixtures. 
    • Rebates can reduce the cost of your investment. We can help determine if you are eligible for a rebate. At MyLEDLightingGuide, almost all our fixtures are rebate eligible.

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