Tennis Court Lighting on the Big Stage: The Australian Open

I, Dr. Bulb, am a tennis fanatic. It is hard to believe that it is already time for the Australian Open again. I am very excited to watch my favorite players like Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic compete under the lights at the Rod Laver Arena!

The Aussie Open is a two week event that often goes late into the night. Something most tennis fans take for granted, but would never go unnoticed by Dr. Bulb, is the high quality tennis court lighting used on all the courts.

Here’s an informational lesson on competition level tennis court lighting vs. recreational tennis court lighting, from me, Dr. Bulb! There are a few issues you might not have thought about – not every tennis court is lit the same way. In large venues, the lighting is likely to be stadium lighting. Lighting poles would be approximately 40-45 ft tall, with a greater number of lights than for any recreational tennis court. A typical venue of that stature might use 1000 or 1500 watt pulse start metal halide sports lighters.

Recreational tennis court lighting is done slightly differently, however. There are usually fewer lights in the immediate area. Although higher poles permit more even lighting, to save on costs recreational tennis courts tend to limit pole height. A lighting specialist can help determine appropriate pole height limit to save on cost while distributing light evenly. To see examples of recreational tennis lighting, click here.

Looking into lighting your own recreational or commercial tennis court? Access Fixtures has a complete line of tennis court lighting options including recreational tennis court lighting, club tennis court lighting, and competition level tennis court lighting.

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