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Do I Need a Pool Table Light?

by David Roeder |

Enjoying playing pool at home includes ensuring sufficient space for your pool table. You also need somewhere to store pool cues, balls, and racks when they are not in use. However, one essential feature often overlooked are pool table light fixtures. We invite you to check out our guide to help decide, “Do I need a pool table light?” 

Why Do I Need Lights Over a Pool Table?

The Palace Billiards Light in black.

Lights over a pool table are essential for playing the game and seeing shots clearly. Without adequate lighting, players may struggle to see where the balls are located, making shots more difficult. Additionally, overhead lights provide visibility of all angles of the table and help players easily determine ball color. Furthermore, the proper light fixtures help eliminate shadows, making it easier to see the entire playing surface.

What Should I Look For When Buying Billiard Lighting?

The Palace Billiards Light in red.

Some of the factors you should consider with buying billiard lighting for over your pool table include the following:

  • Size: Verify the light fixtures you choose are large enough to cover the entire playing surface of your pool table.
  • Style: Choose a style and finish that will complement your pool table and décor.
  • Illumination: Look for lights that will provide adequate illumination for playing without creating too much glare or shadows.
  • Installation: Ensure that the light fixture you purchase is easy to install and compatible with your current wiring setup.
  • Location: Consider where you would like to hang your lights so they do not obstruct play or become a safety hazard when players approach shots from different angles around the table.

Are Pool Table Lights Necessary?

The Rockefeller Billiards Light in white.

It depends on the setup of the billiards room or game room. For example, if your pool table is in a room with multiple windows and plenty of natural sunlight, additional over-the-table lighting may not be necessary for daytime playing. However, you would want lights over your pool table for nighttime play.

On the other hand, if your pool table is located in the basement or other area of the home that does not have much natural light, then pool table lights are necessary to ensure proper illumination.

How Bright Should a Pool Table Light Be?

The Halo Billiards Light in game room.

The brightness of the lights should be bright enough to illuminate the entire playing surface of your pool table without glare or shadows. Generally, it is recommended that you use light fixtures with at least three or more bulbs for a full-sized pool table, depending on the size and shape of your room.

It is also recommended that you use LED bulbs with your table lights for these benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency: LED bulbs are up to 80% more energy efficient than traditional lighting, saving money on your electric bill over time.
  • Longer Lifespan: LEDs have a much longer lifespan than traditional bulbs, lasting up to 50,000 hours compared to only 1,000 to 2,000 hours for incandescent or halogen lights.
  • Brightness and Color Accuracy: LEDs offer superior brightness and color accuracy compared to other light fixtures, providing better visibility and clarity while playing pool.
  • Flexibility: LED lights can be dimmed significantly lower than other lighting options without sacrificing brightness or color accuracy. This makes them ideal for pool table lighting needs where multiple illumination levels might be desired in different areas around the table surface.

Pool Table Lighting Requirements

There are several pool table lighting requirements you need to be aware of to ensure your light fixtures are installed correctly, including the following:

  • Choose a light fixture that will illuminate the entire playing surface.
  • Choose a style and design that complements your pool table.
  • Ensure there is a sufficient number of bulbs to eliminate shadows.
  • The location where the lights are hung should not interfere with play.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to install the lights as additional wiring may be required, and you want to make sure your lights are installed following current building codes.
  • Have your electrician verify your breaker box can handle the load and you do not need an additional breaker.
  • Consider having dimmer switches installed instead of traditional light switches to give yourself the freedom and flexibility to adjust the brightness of your lights.

How to Choose the Best Pool Table Lights

The Crown Billiards Light in green.

Choosing the best pool table lights for your home depends on your personal preferences and tastes. Some of the different types of styles and designs of lights available include:

  • Traditional Designs: These styles are often classic in nature and feature metal frames with either glass or diffuser panels to soften the light. They come in various finishes, such as bronze, brass, chrome, and more.
  • Contemporary Styles: More modern designs typically incorporate sleek lines and minimalistic shapes that create a stylish look for any room. They can be found in an array of colors, from bright whites to muted tones like black or gray.
  • Industrial Designs: These fixtures offer an industrial-chic vibe with exposed bulbs and rugged steel frames that add character to your pool table setup.
  • Tiffany Style Lights: Also known as stained glass lights, these fixtures feature intricate patterns on colorful glass panels that diffuse the light beautifully while adding a unique aesthetic to your game room décor.
  • Retro/Vintage: If you want a more retro vibe, vintage-style fixtures are perfect. They feature bright colors and funky shapes that will add some flavor to your pool table setup.

Brighten Up Your Billiards Room Today

The Tulip Billiards Light being hand crafted.

It is easy to find high-quality, handcrafted pool table lights for your game room or billiards room at Blatt Billiards. Explore our selections online or contact us at 212-674-8855 to discuss customization options.