When lighting a tennis court, the objective is to ensure good visibility allowing players and spectators to follow the progress of a match. The ball, regardless of its location and speed, must always be clearly visible.
To create good visibility, it is necessary to create sufficient contrast between the objects and their backgrounds, good lighting levels and even distribution of light on the reading surface (uniformity) and minimize glare.
We recommend using floodlights installed parallel to the side of the field and the main playing field (PPA). A floodlight should not be placed on a portion of the ceiling, which is located just above the area bounded by the rectangle of the marked area, which extends to the full depth of the runway behind the baseline. The inner surface of the indoor court can help the ball fight them more clearly. However, proper selection of color and reflection can also contribute to the perceived quality of the illumination device. A blue or green background color is preferred and should be as uniform as possible.
Recommendations for televised events
Average horizontal and vertical illuminance ratios: It is recommended the ratio for horizontal illuminance (Field of play) is between 0.75 and 1.5 of the vertical illuminance for cameras.
Where there is HDTV all horizontal values for the other cameras are as for HDTV.
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