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Sports Facility Parking

By Lee J. Witham | September 18, 2018

In general, health clubs, sports clubs, and schools are accessed via indoor or outdoor parking. The following points should be taken into consideration when updating facility parking: Well illuminated parking and walkways will reduce the risk of accidents and also give a feeling of personal safety. Minimizing dark zones enables clear recognition of vehicles and…

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New Lighting from NortonLED for London Squash & Fitness – Nash Cup, Canada

By Lee J. Witham | September 14, 2018

London Squash & Fitness Club is undergoing a lighting upgrade before the NASH Cup PSA tournament. The court lights – which were upgraded from much lower light about 15 years ago – now seem to have been woefully inadequate. The “old” court shown is being upgraded tomorrow. What a difference! Jay Francis, Squash Pro, London…

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How to Illuminate a Squash Court

By Lee J. Witham | September 13, 2018

The main points to remember when illuminating a Squash Court Given the size of a Squash ball, the court must use ‘indirect’ lighting, we want to create a whiteboard effect in the background to illuminate the ball as best as possible. Using ‘direct lighting’ will increase glare, this will cause the halo effect in the eye…

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The Halo effect and Glare from Sports lighting

By Lee J. Witham | September 11, 2018

All athletes have experience with the halo effect from glare when competing. When the contrast between the light source and its background are exaggerated the eye struggles to adjust causing scattering in the eye.

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US Open: Green initiatives

By Lee J. Witham | September 7, 2018

As we head into the Finals weekend of the US Open Tennis I thought these Green initiatives were worth pointing out. It’s great to see the US Open taking these steps and realizing there’s plenty more to do.

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New LED Non-Glare Tennis Lighting

By Lee J. Witham | August 27, 2018

We are proud to announce our new outdoor non-glare Tennis light. Using an asymmetric design to not only limit glare but also limit light overspill (light pollution). Tennis had a tough time with lighting for many years. The 1,000-watt metal halide seemed to be the only choice…

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Understanding Sports Lighting - Frequently Asked Questions

The Facility owner

Question: What are the priorities for the facility owner/manager?
Answer: Quality, durability, low running cost and valued by the customer.

Question: What does the facility owner/manager not want to see?
Answer: High maintenance, high energy cost, causing disruption to nearby residents, inhibiting customer enjoyment.

High maintenance – Changing of bulbs, hiring of scaffold, labor and injury risk to labor.
Energy costs Generally LED light fixtures to save 50-75% over previous lighting systems like fluorescent, HID and halogen and are not a solid state like LED
Customer value It is assuring to your customer that you are providing the best technology either in increasing levels of enjoyment or that you are cognizant of energy costs and aware of the environmental impact.
Disruption to nearby residents – Over illuminating a space can be very disrupting to nearby residents, for instance, a football/soccer field is very often guilty of light pollution because of incorrect installation procedures.

 

The Athlete

Question: What does the athlete want to see?
Answer:    The ball, the opponent, & designated playing area

Question:  What does the athlete not want to see?
Answer:   Distractions

Too much light creating shadows
Not enough light on/off light (flicker)
Direct light Glare that’s debilitating vision or causing visual discomfort

Solution:

Light uniformity throughout the court Certain areas cannot be lighter or darker as this inhibits depth perception. Lights that are too high in Lux levels will also encourage shadows.

Non-Glare or indirect lighting Reducing light/dark conflict is essential but sometimes complicated, lower output combined with multiple fixtures is ideal. However, this is not always financially viable. Introducing indirect or diffused light is the best solution.*

* Sports played with a white ball against a dark ceiling or night sky should focus on the illumination of the playing surface and partially be lighting the area above play and not aligning light in sightline