I was playing foosball in a Pub in the UK, and I was wondering: Does the lighting affect the gameplay in a Foosball Match?

There is nothing worse in foosball than playing in a dark and dingy environment where you cannot see your men or the ball well. Alternatively, light glaring off the table and blinding you is just as bad. Here we will discuss lighting your Foosball table properly.  These factors will seriously affect any skills you have in this game

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Professional tables can get ridiculous Expensive, especially when you get to the professional level tables, built from solid wood like Mahogany or other hardwood, those that come with all the extra features. While we would all love a table like that most of us are on a budget, and if we have kids, our money is usually gone at the end of every week. For those of us like that, but still want to enjoy a great game of Foosball, or those of you that have kids and want to get them a reasonably priced table, this is the guide you are looking for. Here we cover the things that you should look for in a budget table, and still enjoy a great game.

Budget Table Or Second Hand Table?

Even on a budget, you can get some pretty great tables, second-hand tables are useful too, however, when looking at the second-hand table you may not notice any damage to the playing surface, slight bends in the rods, or chips to the men. All of these problems can be fixed with replacement parts. However, this all adds to the expense of the table. You are better off buying a budget table from a reputable dealer, and if you notice any problems you will still have the guarantee

What should I be looking for in a Budget table?

Look For Table Tap Models

The tabletop model is the type of table that is designed to sit on the top of other tables. As such there is less wood for the manufacturer to buy, fewer parts to build and assemble, the model is light to transport and take up less space in the storerooms, all of this adds up to savings that can be passed on to us, the customers. You will easily be able to find tabletop models that are big enough for adults to play on and play on comfortably. You will not have to settle with having to play on a kids toy just because you are buying a budget table.
Another advantage of this type of table is that because it has no legs it is much easier to store and you do not have to keep it set up, just slide it under your bed!

Buy A Smaller Sized Table

Similar to tabletop models above, smaller sized table require less wood, storage space etc., so are cheaper to produce. Bigger tables are bound to cost more as they need more materials to make, A 40-inch table is still comfortable for full-grown adults to use, and the reduced size, make the weight lower so do not need to be constructed as well to maintain their usability. This does not mean that this table will fall to pieces in a few weeks. Look at the reviews, people are delighted with them

Do Not Buy Solid Wood

Probably the quickest way to reduce the price of the table that you are looking at is not to consider solid wood and to look at tables that are made of composites like MDF or plastic polymers. Plastics have the advantage over the other table types of being very water resistant and are ideal for use outside or storage in damp basements. Expensive high-end tables are almost exclusively made from solid wood, but as long as the table is flat and well made, then other materials are just as good.

We would recommend looking at tables made out of good quality MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard – I always wondered what MDF Stood for!). Items can vary a lot in how long they last, but the ones we recommend here are excellent and will last for years. If you do not believe us read the reviews of people, who have purchased them.

MDF is not however as sturdy as solid wood or metal framed tables, so will not be able to support all of your weight for extended periods, so don’t sit on it or lean on it too heavily for long periods of time. You do hot have to worry too much about young kids doing this as they do not weight as much as an adult! So these tables are still ideal for children.

Extra Unnecessary Features

When you are thinking about what you want from your new table, don’t expect to have all the additional features. To keep prices lower, You will only get the essential features of the tables. Think of the things that are essential to that table and not the stuff you’d like to have. You will not get attached drink holders. However these are available on Amazon, so at a later stage you can still buy them and add them on to your table.

Final Advice

Whenever you are buying a budget item, or indeed anything off the internet, or where you can’t look at it before you order it, always take the time to read the independent reviews on sites like Amazon. Advertisers spend days and a lot of money on professional copywriters who will make anything sound great. Also do not worry if there is a bad review or two, if thousands of people have bought a product, there will always be the odd person that does not like it. And if you do not like something you are far more likely to write a bad review than a good review

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References

1. “Wikipedia,Table Football”, Wikipedia, Foosball Article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_football.
2. “Quora, Foosball Questions”, Quora – Foosball Forums – https://www.quora.com/topic/Foosball
3. “International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)”, Foosball Ruling Body – https://www.tablesoccer.org/

Last update on 2019-01-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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