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Pickleball Court Lighting: How to Light up your Pickleball Court?

Pickleball has taken the sporting world by storm, combining the best of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Whether you're a casual player looking for some fun or a dedicated enthusiast aiming for those late-night matches, the right sports lighting on your pickleball court is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the importance of pickleball court lighting, the various lighting options, and how you can illuminate your pickleball court effectively. 


Why Proper Pickleball Lighting Matters

1. Safety First

Safety should always be the top priority, and this applies to pickleball too. Adequate lighting ensures the safety of players by preventing accidents and injuries that can result from poor visibility. Nobody wants to twist an ankle because they couldn't see the lines or the ball properly.


2. Extended Playing Hours

Imagine the joy of playing pickleball under the starry sky. With proper lighting, you can extend your playing hours well into the evening, offering more flexibility in your schedule. Whether you're a morning person or a night owl, good lighting means more time for the game you love.


3. Enhanced Game Experience

Great sports lighting enhances the overall game experience. It brings out the colors of the court and the ball, making it more enjoyable and competitive. It's not just about playing; it's about playing your best game.

Benefits of LED Lighting for Pickleball Courts

 Types of Pickleball Court Lighting

1. LED Floodlights

LED floodlights are the go-to choice for pickleball courts. They are energy-efficient, providing bright and even illumination across the court. The crisp and clear lighting they offer ensures that players never miss a shot.


2. Metal Halide Lights

Metal halide lights are another option, known for their excellent brightness and color rendering. However, they consume more energy compared to LEDs. These lights are ideal if you want a court that resembles daylight.


Lighting Design Considerations

At Stouch Lighting, we are dedicated to ensuring your pickleball court meets the recommended lighting standards set forth by USA Pickleball and the American Sports Builders Association. Our mission is to provide you with custom lighting solutions that not only meet but exceed these standards, enhancing your pickleball experience. Follow these guidelines to ensure optimal sports lighting for pickleball players and spectators.

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Levels of Play

Pickleball, like any sport, caters to players of varying skill levels – from beginners enjoying casual matches to advanced players participating in competitive tournaments. Each level of play comes with its unique set of requirements, and lighting plays a pivotal role in catering to these needs.

1. Recreational Play

For recreational players, the focus is on having fun and staying active. While proper sports lighting is still essential for safety reasons, the intensity and quality of lighting may not need to be as high as for competitive play. However, even for recreational players, it's crucial to maintain a level of illumination that ensures clear visibility of the court and the ball.

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2. Intermediate Play

Intermediate players seek to improve their skills and may engage in more competitive matches. Sports lighting at this level should provide adequate brightness and uniformity across the court. Players should be able to see the ball's trajectory clearly, making for a better gaming experience and skill development.

3. Advanced and Tournament Play

For advanced players and tournament-level play, the demands on lighting are at their peak. Lighting must meet stringent requirements to support the high-speed, competitive nature of the game. It's not just about visibility; it's about capturing the fast-paced action, so spectators and viewers can follow every thrilling moment.

4. Broadcast Quality Television Lighting

In the case of tournament venues aiming for broadcast quality television lighting, the standards are even more exacting. This level of sports lighting ensures that every detail of the game is captured for television audiences. It demands not only superior brightness but also specific lighting angles and positioning to eliminate shadows and glare, providing a flawless viewing experience.


Pole/Light Placement

Proper placement of lights is essential to minimize shadows and glare. This ensures uniform lighting across the court, preventing any unfair advantages due to poor visibility.

Proper placement of lights is essential to minimize shadows and glare. This ensures uniform lighting across the court, preventing any unfair advantages due to poor visibility.

As a general rule, you should position light poles and fixtures along the sides of the court, with the fixtures aimed to cast light horizontally across the playing area. This side placement minimizes glare effectively, as the fixtures are oriented at a 90-degree angle to the main viewing directions of the players, ensuring a clear and comfortable playing experience.

The image below represents an optimal lighting placement strategy for courts that are 64ft by 40ft or 60ft by 60ft.

LSI Industries Pickleball Standard Court Sizes

Figure 1. LSI Industries Pickleball Standard Court Sizes (www.lsicorp.com)


Light Intensity

The right light intensity is crucial for an optimal playing experience. Determine the required lumens for your court size to achieve perfect visibility. 


Color Temperature

Choosing the right color temperature enhances visibility and minimizes distortion of the pickleball's color. You want the ball to be as visible as possible, even in the darkest corners of the court. 

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) signifies the predominant color tone of a light source, measured in Kelvin degrees. "Cooler" light sources have higher Kelvin temperatures, while "warmer" ones have lower Kelvin values. For commercial or public settings, we recommend using 5000K fixtures, and for residential use, 4000K is ideal. It's advisable to avoid color temperatures above 5000K to prevent a bluish tint, ensuring optimal lighting quality.


Installation Steps

How to Install Pickleball Lighting


Our Final Thoughts

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In conclusion, lighting up your pickleball court is more than just a technicality; it's a game-changer. It ensures the safety of players, extends playing hours, and enhances the overall game experience. Make informed choices about the type of lighting that suits your needs and budget, and always prioritize proper installation and maintenance. With the right lighting, you can enjoy thrilling pickleball matches well into the night.

Our team of experts at Stouch Lighting offers specialized Sports Lighting Services, specifically tailored to your unique lighting needs. Whether it's a single court project or an extensive resort or sports complex, we have the expertise to create custom lighting designs that guarantee optimal illumination, safety, and an unforgettable playing experience.


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