A few clubs have outdoor courts, which will need lighting once the day draws to a close. And indoor courts will need lighting anyway. These days, there are a lot of companies that will provide great lighting solutions, whether you are planning to start a club of your own or you just need good lighting for your private court.
The usually used lighting systems are made of metal halide, and although they are effective they consume a lot of power. Also, they require consistent maintenance. Some clubs have the outdated T12 fluorescent lighting system. Both these systems will be effectively replaced by lighting companies with the latest in modern LED technology, if you desire it.
There are essentially two kinds of lighting systems, namely direct and indirect lighting. It makes a great difference to players to play in an indoor court with tiered direct lighting, because the light assembly is moved upwards and away from the courts. This ensures that the glare (produced by linear lighting) is eliminated, and also you save an immense amount of power! If you contact a lighting company, then you can get a free audit of your existing facility done, which will show you how much you will stand to gain by installing a new system.
Then there are indirect lighting fixtures to replace the existing 1,000 Watt metal halide lighting systems that exist now. The metal halide fixtures tend to aim the light above them and in between the courts, which means that the most amount of light falls outside the realms of the courts. However, with the modern fixtures, the light is directed towards the ceiling that is right above the courts, which means that the players can benefit to a larger extent. Also, the uniformity of distribution of light is much higher.
You will save a large amount of energy by using the T5 or LED fixtures (instead of the T12 or metal halide ones). For example, the indirect lighting system can be used at full intensity, or it can be dimmed for recreational playing. When it is used at tournament levels, the power consumed is about ten thousand five hundred watts per court, and at dim levels it is about seven thousand watts per court. You can save anywhere between forty and sixty per cent power!