There are few things more frustrating for a serious pool player than to be in the middle of a game on a table with improper illumination. When you are in a bar or pool hall, this is usually not a problem and when it is, there is almost nothing you can do about it. When you are playing on your own table at home, however, it is an annoyance that you do not have to tolerate. To avoid encountering this problem on your own table, all you have to do is install pool table lights like the one you find on public tables. Unfortunately, the cost of these lights can run into the hundreds of dollars, which may somewhat deter you from running out to buy a new light. If that is the case, consider purchasing a used pool table light instead.
There is no shortage of used pool table lights available for purchase if you know where to look. One of the first places most people now shop for such things is on the Internet since this communication form has become the world’s marketplace for such merchandise. Browsing the Internet for just the right light at just the right price can be time-consuming but it can save you as much as 60 percent to 70 percent off the cost of buying a new light from a retailer. The key is to know what you need and to look for a light that matches those features to a tee.
The Right Length
First of all, before you even begin to shop for a used pool table light, measure the length of your pool table. As a rule, you are going to need a total of five inches of actual lighting per foot table. If you have a nine foot table, you will need a total of 45 inches of light (nine times five) to ensure that the entire surface receives a consistent amount of illumination, including the rails. This consistency is necessary to remove the chance that you will have balls casting shadows on one another during play, which is an effect that can ruin the shots of even the best players.
The Right Lighting
Of course, you also want to ensure that your lighting source is fitted with casings that are painted in such a way as to reduce table glare. This paint helps to focus all of the light onto the table in an even manner. Additionally, you can also find lights that use the most advanced technology to produce the least amount of heat while illuminating the surface of your pool table. These lights generally use less energy.
The Right Choice
Finally, be sure that you know what style of light you want. For your first set of pool table lights, used lights that get the job done will probably be more than sufficient for your needs. However, at some point, chances are that you will also be looking for a particular decor to match your pool room, in which case you will be looking for any of the many wonderful designs available online.