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 (from light scatter within the eye)
- The introduction of the LED is somewhat of a problem, an LED chip is a very concentrated light and must be used in the correct setup. Very often we see the fluorescent tubes being exchanged for LED tubes because of the economic benefits. However, this will brighten up the court but cause eye strain and glare discomfort.
- The introduction of Edge-Lit LED fixtures will solve the problem. Also used on LED tv’s, the indirect light offers visual comfort for the eye. As seen in the image below, the LED light source is directed from the fixture edge with a diffusion plate to further assist. To improve the experience we recommend a white ceiling to eliminate contrast.
- The Edge-Lit panel can be pendant hung, surface mounted or framed into a drop or hard ceiling.
- Each 50-watt fixture will save 75% energy over traditional fluorescent fixtures and does not contain mercury, unlike the traditional fixtures.
- Be aware of low quality LED flat panels, it is reported that low to intermediate priced fixtures can lose up to 30% of output within a year.
- The standard lighting requirement (500 lux) requires (9) fixtures for singles and 12 for doubles
- The optimal setup is (12) fixtures for singles and (16) for doubles. Lux levels (without glare) are now @ 780 lux
- The light temperature should be 5000 Kelvin (daylight)
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