Lighting Solution for California Pickleball Court

A customer from California came to us requesting new light fixtures for his existing pickleball court. The court was currently being used at night at a recreational facility and the old fixtures had finally run their course. Our customer wanted to switch to LED due to the efficiency and performance of these fixtures, so we stepped in to help.

Key Takeaways

    • Customized Solutions: The unique pole diameter required custom reducers, demonstrating our ability to provide tailored solutions.
    • Efficiency and Performance: The APTA 240 LED light fixtures offer high lumens per watt and advanced optics to ensure efficient and focused lighting.
    • Customer Satisfaction: The successful installation resulted in a well-lit LED pickleball court, meeting all the customer’s needs and ensuring long-term performance and savings.

Small Challenges, Big Solutions

Unique Pole Diameter

The existing pickleball court was a standard size, flanked in four places by 18-foot poles that bordered the court. The poles presented a unique challenge to us because, unlike most typical square steel poles, these did not have a 2 3/8″ tenon but instead had a unique diameter of close to 2 7/8″. Diameter is important when considering how to mount light fixtures onto a pole because most sports lighters mount via slipfitter onto a 2 3/8″ vertical tenon.

Glare Control and Light Efficiency

Another request was that the fixtures provided little glare to neighboring pedestrians and areas, while still maintaining a reasonable amount of light on the court. We suggested the APTA 240, which produces over 160 lumens per watt. This fixture has custom optics including backlight shielding to prevent glare and focus light only where it is needed — on the court itself. We also suggested getting bird spikes since the pickleball court is close to the ocean where plenty of opportunistic and messy seagulls live.

Implementation and Results

The customer decided to purchase four APTA 240 fixtures from us to affix to his current poles, but there was one problem left. The size of the pole was not standard and would require a reducer in order to fit a slipfitter atop it snugly. We did some research and were able to find four appropriate reducers for our customers in order to narrow the poles down to the required 2 3/8″.

Successful Installation

The end result? A very happy customer with a brand new, brightly-lit pickleball court that will save him money and last for years and years. To shop pickleball court lighting, click here or call 800-468-9925 to request a quote or a photometric analysis.


Switching to LED lighting for your pickleball court can enhance performance, reduce glare, and save on energy costs. Our experience with the California pickleball court demonstrates our commitment to providing customized and effective lighting solutions. Whether dealing with unique challenges or standard installations, we ensure our customers receive top-notch service and products.

Pickleball Court Lighting Resources

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Lighting for Pickleball Court in California Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You have Pickleball Court Lighting questions. We have answers. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, contact an Access Fixtures lighting specialist at (800) 468-9925 or click here to visit our customer service page.

Why choose LED lights for a pickleball court?

LED lights are energy-efficient, have a longer lifespan, and provide better performance compared to traditional lighting.

What is a tenon, and why is it important?

A tenon is a vertical pole extension that allows fixtures to be mounted securely. The standard size is 2 3/8″.

What are APTA 240 fixtures?

APTA 240 lighting fixtures are high-efficiency LED lights with custom optics and backlight shielding to minimize glare and focus light on specific areas.

Why were reducers needed for the poles?

The existing poles had a non-standard diameter of 2 7/8″, requiring reducers to fit the standard 2 3/8″ slipfitter for the new pickleball court lights.

How do bird spikes help in maintaining lighting fixtures?

Bird spikes prevent birds from perching and creating messes on the fixtures, particularly in coastal areas with high bird populations.

Can these lighting solutions be used for other sports courts?

Yes, the APTA 240-watt lights are versatile and can be used for various sports courts, including tennis and basketball courts.

How does backlight shielding work?

Backlight shielding uses custom optics to direct light only where needed, reducing glare and light spill to surrounding areas.

What is a photometric analysis?

A photometric analysis assesses the lighting needs of a space, ensuring optimal light levels and distribution for the specific area.

How can I request a quote for pickleball court lighting?

You can request a quote by calling 800-468-9925 or clicking here to reach our sales team.

What are the benefits of upgrading to LED lighting?

Upgrading to LED lighting reduces energy consumption, lowers maintenance costs, and provides better lighting quality and control.