22 August 2006
EXTERIOR RECREATIONAL AREAS
Pole mounted area lights
provide minimum glare
and uniform illuminance on
Pole mounted, fully shielded or full
Coated metal halide,
Timer switch, motion
cut-off area luminaire.
sensor, or manual on/off
with a timeclock.
CRITICAL DESIGN ISSUES:
Direct Glare: Locate luminaires parallel to the direction of play to minimize
the chance of looking up into the luminaires. Flat lensed and fully shielded
or full cut-off luminaires also reduce luminaire brightness and direct glare.
Flicker (and Strobe): Specify electronic ballasts to prevent flicker and
Light Distribution on Task Plane: Space luminaires appropriately to
provide a uniform distribution of light on the court.
Modeling of Faces or Objects: Light should come from multiple directions
to accurately render the ball and other players.
Vertical Illuminance: Adequate vertical illuminance is necessary to see
the ball at all angles.
Target Horizontal Illuminance ( 10%): For various classes of play and
illuminance recommendations see Lighting Handbook, Figure 20-2 and
Illuminate tennis courts from the sides of the court, minimizing the chance of players
looking directly into a luminaire during play. Uniform horizontal and vertical illuminance
is important to accurately model a ball at high speed. Lighting templates with pole and
luminaire data are readily available from sports lighting manufacturers.