By SES Lighting
LED Lighting can save between 50-85 percent of the lighting cost in a club, so it has become an attractive way to reduce expenses while being environmentally friendly.
However, finding the right LED lighting solution for every lighting application in your club presents an incredible challenge, as the right products are not easily found in typical purchasing channels. Another challenge is that the manufacturers don’t provide products for all the club’s applications that are the best fit for the club.
Tennis and Sports Lighting
Most private club tennis facilities do not have evenly saturated light quality because they are using metal halide or other high intensity discharge products to illuminate their sports surfaces.
Most have not adopted LED technology because until recently the products were unable to provide the appropriate brightness. However, now that the costs have come down and the technology has drastically improved, we are seeing adoption in the private club’s sportslighting facilities. We have evaluated numerous products and only a few have the capability to provide Class I-III USTA lighting standards.
Whether direct or indirect sportslighting, the key component we find is to provide detailed before and after analysis that includes photometric studies and conformance to the USTA construction manual for sportslighting.
How SES Lighting Can Help
You may try to purchase LED on your own, but you are most likely NOT going to have a successful outcome. With high, medium and low output options, varying brightness, beam angles and light temperatures, the bottom line is, if you’re not a professional in the LED business, you will inevitably make mistakes.
The other common mistake on buying LED is going for the most inexpensive available. Most cheap LED’s we have seen have high failure rates, and many would not qualify for utility company rebates. We have also seen utility companies providing lamps for free to clubs that have the wrong light temperature and output for the private club experience, and are not compatible with sophisticated lighting control (dimming) systems. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Our saying is “cheap becomes expensive” for clubs falling for some of these programs. Many have put LED’s in and taken them out when using these “cheap or free” programs.
Utilizing a professional company like SES Lighting is paramount in finding the right solution, professionally administering the rebate applications, procuring the right products, installing them correctly and servicing warranty issues. SES Lighting understands the private club business and the owners are former club managers and have put together a team of lighting specialists, engineers, designers and integrators to serve your club’s every need!