LEDs Will Light Up Super Bowl XLIX

September 23, 2014 By Karen Henry

nfl-football-energy-manageUniversity of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. – home of the Arizona Cardinals and site of the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015 – has installed high-performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting.

The University of Phoenix Stadium installed 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures to replace more than 780 metal halide fixtures. The new lights will use 310,000 watts of energy as compared to the 1.24 million watts needed to power the previous system. On average, most venues experience a 75 percent reduction in overall sports lighting energy consumption in addition to reduced load on the air conditioning system to offset the heat generated by metal halide lights.

Each Ephesus LED light provides a significant increase in illumination compared to traditional metal halide lights that were installed when the venue opened in 2006. LED lighting also provides brighter and more uniform light which eliminates shadows on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players as well as for both fans in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.

Additionally, LED lights can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch, whereas metal halide fixtures require a 20-minute warm-up period. This on/off feature also allows facility operators to create light shows for fan entertainment.

On September 21, the Arizona Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the first game played under the new lights. University of Phoenix Stadium is the first NFL venue to illuminate the playing surface exclusively with LED lighting, according to Ephesus.

A number of other professional sports venues are also using LEDs. PNC Arena—home to the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes—unveiled a new LED light system at its preseason opener on September 21. The NHL Montreal Canadiens are using LEDs at its venue, and the MLB team the Seattle Mariners installed LEDs in its locker room.

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