Your custom pool table is finally installed into your game room! You can’t wait to break out the cue sticks and balls and play the first game. And then it dawns on you, you can’t see the top of the table!
What’s often taken for granted is the fact that most pool halls and bars have special lights that hang right over the top of the pool table, making it much easier to plan and make your shots. If you want to have the same visibility as you do in the bar, then you should also invest in table lighting.
Century Billiards carries the top pool table lighting products from the finest manufacturers in the country. Whether you want a classic look, antique, contemporary, Tiffany-style, modern or something unusual, we have a style to fit your taste and your budget.
What To Consider When Choosing Your Pool Table Lighting
- The length of your pool table
- The proximity to other lighting, such as table lamps or floor lamps
- The number of bulbs desired
- Style choice
- The distance from the top of the table to your lighting fixture
For tournament set-ups, the distance between your pool table and the light fixture should be no less than 40 inches, as per the World Pool-Billiard Association. If you want ideal lighting for your pool table, a distance of 40 to 50 inches is ideal to create the most even and proper lighting. Similarly, having the correct height means you won’t hit the lamp shades with your cue stick.
Other Factors To Consider For Your Pool Table Lights
When factoring in other lighting, you want the majority of the light in the room focused on the table, and not on other areas. Also, you want the pool table lights and other lighting in the room to be the same style rather than mixing antique-style pool table lights with modern table and floor lamps.
The number of bulbs in your pool table lighting fixture will vary by preference and length of the table. You can achieve the same level of brightness with fewer bulbs of a higher lumen rating than you can with more bulbs at a lesser lumen level.
Consider Table Size For A Well-Lit Gaming Experience
For table size, you want to be sure the full length of the table is well lit. Going over a bit is fine, but you don’t want to fall short or it could adversely affect play and look odd. For the same reason, you also want your pool table lights centered over the table properly so there aren’t any dark spots.
Ideally, you should have your lights installed before the pool table to avoid damaging it during the light installation. Getting the pool table height, length and width in advance are easy. You don’t want dust or plaster from the light installation to ruin your brand new pool table cloth.
If you are interested in purchasing over the table lighting for your custom pool table, give us a call at (631) 462-6655 or click on the button to the right to schedule a consultation.