Pickleball Court Lighting Grows Along with the Sport

Pickleball is a sports phenomenon sweeping the nation. Similar to tennis, badminton, and racquetball, pickleball is attracting players of all ages to its courts. The racquet sport originated in the 1960s but has exploded in popularity in recent years due to Baby Boomers embracing the sport. Pickleball courts are being built in country clubs, city parks, apartment/condominium complexes, community centers, YMCAs and more. As more and more people discover pickleball, pickleball clubs are growing in number too. According to the USA Pickleball Association, “the number of places to play has more than doubled since 2010.” Pickleball is especially popular on the East Coast, West Coast, and the Great Lakes areas, and since pickleball court lighting increases court time available, many courts are being built with lighting or having lights added to existing courts.

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Pickleball Court Lighting Requirements and Standards

With the advent and growth of any new sport, requirements and standards must be established for court construction. The USA Pickleball Association dictates the official rules of the game and the court dimensions to be officially recognized. Pickleball courts are rectangular and look much like tennis or badminton courts. The standard dimensions of a pickleball court are 20 feet by 44 feet for singles and doubles with a minimum total playing surface of 30 feet by 60 feet (34 feet by 64 feet recommended). A typical outdoor pickleball court will require two or four poles and four LED fixtures.

Pickleball courts standards require illumination be supplied by luminaires mounted on twenty-foot high poles that deliver an average of 30 footcandles (fc), and a max/min ratio of 2.0 or less. Mounting the luminaires on twenty foot poles enables pickleball players to see the ball when it goes up into a high arc. A shorter pole would cause the ball to disappear when it goes above the lights and reappear someplace else as it returns to the court. 30 fc is the light level required for players to see the ball, even as it moves at a high speed. Lower level lighting would make visibility difficult.

A max/min ratio is the highest area of light on the court divided by the lowest area of light on the court. It is a measure of how even the light is. While other sports typically set the maximum max/min ratio at 3.0, most other sports are played on a larger field or court. Pickleball has a max/min ratio of 2.0. A 2.0 max/min ratio is extremely even light which enhances visibility. The ball will not be obscured by a dark area and players eyes will not need to adjust to varying light levels.

 

How to Light Your Pickleball Court

What if somebody did all the work determining which luminaires work best, what wattage the luminaires should be, and which optics should be used to effectively distribute the light. That would make it really easy. Access Fixtures has done just that. Access Fixtures has run photometric studies to determine the ultimate lighting packages for single courts, twin courts and four courts. All the lighting packages meet or exceed the USA Pickleball Association requirements. Every Access Fixtures pickleball court lighting package has 20 foot poles, exceeds 30fc, and the highest max/min ratio is 2.05. Even better, all photometric studies are posted on this page for your convenience.

 

 

Using APTA Sports Luminaires to Light Your Pickleball Court

 

Access Fixtures exclusively uses its APTA LED sports lighters to meet USA Pickleball Association requirements. APTA luminaires are both long-lasting and energy efficient. Rated L70 @ 200,000 hours, APTA sports lighters will perform for years to come. Glass-free construction provides breakage-free use even in high wind and hurricane prone locations. Rated IP67, which means they are sealed from outside elements and even submersible, APTA sports lighters will remain unaffected by the elements. Bird spikes are available and recommended to avoid birds nesting on the tops of the luminaires.

Standard 70+ color rendering (CRI) and optional >90 CRI ensures superior color rendering and visibility on the court or viewing from the sidelines. Color warmth, Kelvin options include 3000K, 4000K, or 5000K. Modular construction means should onsite repair be required, it can be easily performed on site. Although it is unlikely that it will ever be used, Access Fixtures pickleball lighting packages come with a five-year warranty. Click below to see and download examples of photometric layouts available for pickleball courts.

Next Steps

All Access Fixtures pickleball court lighting packages can be ordered online by clicking on the links below. If you would like to place your order over the phone call us at 800-468-9925.

If you require any additional information or have a unique situation, you may ask an Access Fixtures lighting specialist by calling 800.468.9925 or email a lighting specialist at Sales@AccessFixtures.com.