The primary Cause of glare - It's all in the design
When it comes to playing on a platform tennis or tennis court, LEDs are considered a superior alternative to the traditional HV lighting systems. LEDs provide a more natural light, consume less electricity, last significantly longer, and turn on as soon as you flip the switch.
If however, there is one complaint you hear about LEDs on a platform tennis court, its about the glare - especially when hitting an overhead lob as the ball passes in front of a light head.
Here is how APT-Forward's LEDs reduce glare....
1. the Design of the Face
On the face of our LEDs, the elements are separated into quadrants. By contrast, many LEDs have a face where the elements are clustered together into one grouping. The subtle design of the face of our LEDs makes a huge difference relative to others.
2. Directing Light onto the court
The head of our LEDs is set at a non-perpendicular angle, so that its light is directed onto the court of play. By contrast, many LED heads have a are set at a 90 degree angle - directing their light at the foot of the pole.
To properly illuminate the court, these lights must generate more light (and brightness) from each LED. The setting of our LEDs at a non-perpendicular angle is another key factor to reducing glare.
3. fitting the light to the court (unique to our Premier LEDs)
Our Premier LEDs have a customized dispersion pattern specifically calibrated for a platform tennis court. As a result, our Premier-SLS lighting systems actually illuminates a court better than our Price Advantage LEDs, while delivering almost the same amount of lumens.
Below are illustrations of three different dispersion patterns.
Box Lights and square lighting fixtures
This picture represents dispersion pattern of a light head that has limited control over how its light is dispersed onto the court. This illustration is most similar to the dispersion pattern of most HV and LED lighting systems (including our Price Advantage LEDs).
Stadium lights have a funnel design which directs the light more efficiently onto the court. Stadium lighting systems are only used in conjunction with 400w or 1,000w HV bulbs and are not used in LED lighting systems.
Our Premier LEDs
Our Premier LEDs purposefully direct their light horizontally across the platform tennis court. They make it easier to see while playing because they keep more of the light on the court of play.
*These charts are for illustrative purposes only. Different stadium lighting systems and square LED fixtures will provide varying results and light dispersion patterns. Court lines are not drawn to scale and do not accurately represent how the dispersion of light would fall onto a platform tennis court.