Given the span between the overhead lighting - and the table surface - is a somewhat subjective measurement, could someone suggest upon what criteria that distance should be based upon?
I'm extremely happy with the setup I have, but it's always possible to "improve" the way things work.
I would assume one parameter would to not "waste" light past the outside rail trim.
I would also assume players, no matter where they shoot from, would not want light directly in their eyes?
Minimal shadowing would be another consideration.
True coloration of the balls and the surface would be another.
Nobody wants to crack their forehead on a lamp shade either...
Is there some lighting engineering data out there that could be a starting point?
The 4th reply in this thread by 2ballrun seems to have merit. The question remains, 8' fluorescent what? Two tube? Four tube? Shaded? In a fixture with diffusion lens? Or none of the above.
Why not (assuming an 8-foot ceiling) four "can" lights in the ceiling with spotlights - available in "flood" or "spot" and a dimmer to control them?
Mitch looks like he already has a 4-tube unit. A beautiful light indeed!