When having a tennis court built for home use on your property, an important consideration in the design and construction of the court will be how to light it for evening use. This is particularly important if you have nearby neighbours who might be affected by the light spilling from your tennis court.
What is Light Trespass?
Light trespass is the term used to describe light that is spilt and cast where it’s not wanted. What defines light trespass can be rather subjective in nature, as it’s not always straightforward to decide what constitutes ‘unwanted’ light.
When considering your tennis court floodlighting, you will need to take into account whether the light emitted would be obtrusive to your immediate neighbours in such a way that it would interfere with their enjoyment of their own property. For example, if your floodlights shone directly into your neighbours’ lounge window and you know that they habitually leave their curtains open at night, it’s a fair assumption that the intrusive glare of your lights would be annoying to them.
How can You Avoid Causing Light Trespass?
There are a number of ways in which you can limit the light trespass caused by your tennis court flood lighting.
1. Begin by choosing well-shielded lights. This will prevent excess light from spilling out of the court.
2. When setting up the floodlights, ensure that they are angled low down. This will mean that the whole beam falls inside of the court where it’s wanted and it will also help to cut down on troublesome shadows that could impede ball visibility during play.
3. Choose lights that are set on high mountings in order to control spill light; the lower the mounting, the more glare and spread the lights are likely to cause.
4. When considering the design of floodlights for your tennis court, remember that luminaires with a narrow beam allow for more control of how the light is distributed, enabling it to be focused on the area where it’s wanted, rather than simply spreading out.
When designing your new home tennis court, lighting is an important consideration. Bear in mind the observations made above when discussing choice of lighting with Contact us, your Liverpool electrical contractors to ensure that you enjoy your sport and remain on good terms with your neighbours!