The Lights are a Factor in Table Tennis
Posted by TableTennisStore on May 30th, 2020
Even for tournament matches where you're playing on a professional table tennis table, some other factors in the room can have an enormous impact. One of the most significant is the lighting. There are many stories about problems created by poorly placed indoor lighting – of the wrong kind of lights in a space. Watching and following the ball can be repeatedly affected by ill-placed lights. Sometimes even good lights put in the wrong place can be problematic. Fluorescent lighting is most common in indoor spaces, and it can cause the most trouble. Its glare can create problems with judging shots.
Indoor lights cause the most problems during table tennis tournaments, but there are issues with glare from sunlight streaming through windows. Players can have as much difficulty with sun glare as they can with fluorescent lights. No matter where you play in the world, similar lighting issues are prone to exist. While all countries are making efforts to improve lighting, no one has yet perfected light in a majority of its indoor playing locations. Some even try blocking windows with dark paper or tinted film to keep out sun glare. Everyone's goal is to end glare and light problems to help players focus on their game.
There is no doubt that glare, too much light in certain spots, is the primary complaint. But on the other hand, there are situations where indoor light levels are too low. In those cases, adding light helps, especially when it is done by a lighting expert who understands the needs. Viewing the situation from the player's perspective can help a great deal – and lighting designers are trained to understand much more than an electrician. Thanks to today's increased variety of lighting types, LED, halogen, etc., there are more options to make indoor lighting better. Everyone plays better in a balanced light.
Well designed and distributed indoor light is ideal for table tennis. Consistent light that is evenly balanced around the space helps every player do better. Hot spots, which are areas of light that are too bright, along with dimly lit corners, are the problems. When lights are placed above tables, they must be centered so that they provide even light. In more sophisticated lighting set-ups, it may be possible to adjust brightness as the players might agree. When a space has general lighting that is unfocused and cannot be modified, everyone needs to adapt, and play may be negatively impacted.
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