Why choose indirect lighting over direct lighting?
Why choose indirect lighting over direct lighting to illuminate indoor tennis, pickleball, gyms, volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, fieldhouses, pools and many other indoor sports?
First, you must have a clean white ceiling (16’ to 100’ tall) to use indirect led lighting efficiently reflecting the light back down to the floor. If the ceiling is not white you can consider painting or installing a reflective insulation system. See our affiliated company for a quote on insulating your ceiling. www.commbldg.com
Indirect LED lighting is more expensive than direct but the benefits far outweigh the cost.
Indirect LED lighting reflected off the ceiling provides perfectly even light throughout the facility. The light is being reflected off a large surface and has the characteristics of being evenly distributed over the entire playing surface. Whereas direct light is focused straight down and between fixtures, leaving dark areas on the playing surface.
Indirect LED lighting is a non-glare light making it the ultimate type of lighting for the player in any of these sports. Because the light will not interfere with the players ability to see the ball. In all the above sports, direct light can and does blind player’s when they look up towards the ceiling. They often lose the ball in the glare of the light. With indirect lighting, when looking up you do not see the glare from the light and looking down you do not see the glare on the floor or on the water.
Direct light is very distracting when you look up, you can lose the ball in the light. When you look down the glare is on the floor and distracting. For pools the glare from direct lights is dangerous as it reflects off the water surface and can prevent you from seeing the bottom of the pool.
Indirect LED lighting is aesthetically pleasing to players and spectators. Visibility is improved by having an evenly lit facility and eliminating glare. Safety is increased as glare causes accidents. Most players would prefer indirect lighting over direct.