Recently, a customer in Philadelphia, PA contacted us to see if we could use LEDs to light an indoor residential basketball court. He described the location and what he was looking for to us so that we had an idea of where to begin. To start, we needed the dimensions of the area. The basketball court is still under construction, but the customer sent us a photo of what it currently looks like. See the photo below for reference.
- The basketball court ceiling has an A-frame shape– 12′ high at the edge and 22′ high at the beam.
- The court floor area is 30′ x 35′.
- As shown in the image, the window openings are located along the rear beam.
- The walls and ceilings will be white sheetrock when the project is finished.
- The ridge beam and rear beam will be exposed when the project is finished.
- The floor is currently concrete but will ultimately be wood flooring.
Our customer obviously spared no expense building this beautiful indoor basketball court. He asked us if high bays would be appropriate for his lighting solution but wondered if we could provide an alternative that would be more flush with the ceiling. We got to work finding an understated and effective lighting solution.
A Four-Fixture Solution
Based on the appearance and dimensions of this indoor basketball court, we knew that we could provide several viable options with which to light the court. We first suggested the EPTA, which is a linear LED fixture offered in multiple wattages and Kelvins. In this model, eight EPTA 150 fixtures would be used to light the court just below the angle where the wall would meet the ceiling. We would angle these fixtures up so that the light would reflect off the white ceiling, either pointed directly up or aimed at the diagonal ceiling to create a wash of light. EPTA fixtures can be wall-mounted and are able to pivot to aim the light to a desired area. They are IP67 rated and LM70 rated at over 200,000 hours, ensuring years and years of maintenance-free lighting.
We also offered the choice of the APTA, which is a modular LED high bay fixture. The APTA has a surface mount option and this would be used to place the fixtures once the ceiling was complete. We determined that the best lighting solution for this project would be to place four APTA 200 LED high bays on the ceiling evenly spaced from each other. A 150 degree beam spread would be used on all four fixtures as well as a 0-10v dimmer. See the diagram below for an idea of where the APTA fixtures would be placed along the ceiling.
Like the EPTA, APTA fixtures are IP67 rated and LM70 rated at over 200,000 hours of life. They require little maintenance and the APTA 200 would provide more than enough illumination for this basketball court project. The housing is made of a die-cast aluminum with a corrosion-resistant finish. Both the EPTA and the APTA come with a five year Access Fixtures warranty and are terrific LED light fixtures in their own right. However, our customer ended up choosing the APTA solution because he felt that they would be better able to blend in with the ceiling. We fitted the APTAs that our customer ordered with diffusers which allows the light fixture to blend more subtly into the background by hiding the LEDs themselves.The APTA fixtures come in several different standard colors, including white, which our customer chose to match his ceiling.
The photo below shows a standard APTA luminaire with no diffusers.
Ready to Order Indoor Basketball Court Lighting?
To request a photometric analysis for your project, feel free to contact us so that we can get you the lighting you need. If you require more information about basketball court lighting or want to discuss your options, call us at 800-468-9925. Our team is available to answer any questions that you may have.