A skilled basketball player puts much effort into honing his or her craft to ensure that performance is accurate with every game. Hours spent in the gym practicing shots from different areas of the court, learning how to defend against aggressive opponents and even practicing the fabled half-court shot will pay off on the gym floor when a critical game is being played. Yet, without proper lighting in a gym, a basketball player’s performance can suffer, no matter how well prepared they may be. Here is a closer look at how lighting can impact a player’s performance on the basketball court.
Too Much Glare Can Blind Players
Basketball is a fast-paced game, and players need to know where the ball, their teammates and their opponents are always. Some types of lights and even light fixtures can create glare that blinds the players in certain areas of the floor, which prohibits performance. Adding parabolic reflectors to lighting or using lighting designed to be glare-free can help reduce this risk by diffusing the light and keeping glare at a minimum.
Similarly, lighting that is placed directly in the field of play, such as a fixture hanging directly over the hoop, even with diffusing technology, can create glare that makes play difficult. Instead, aim to put the main light source outside of the main playing area, so the light will spill onto the playing surface without creating too much glare.
Proper Illumination Improves Accuracy of Play
When a player is shooting the ball, being able to clearly see the basket and the backboard is essential. Clear visibility and proper color rendering are both important aspects to this. Lighting with cool undertones helps provide greater visibility and more realistic colors, so players can shoot with accuracy and make an increased number of shots. This can also improve the spectator experience, particularly if teams have jersey colors that are similar to one another.
As you consider adding better lighting to improve performance, consider AEON LED products. Our luminaires have the highest color rendering index in their class, are bright lighting options and have technology built in to reduce glare. In addition, they will reduce expenses and maintenance efforts, because they are long-lasting, low-energy lighting solutions. Make the switch from traditional gym or court lighting to AEON LED and give your players the gift of improved visibility that will lead to improved performance.