The New England Patriots are coming to play in Superbowl XLIX against the reigning champion Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ just about 5 miles from my home.
Unlike the disastrous Superbowl XLVII in 2013, when the Metal Halide stadium lights went out at an inopportune moment, Ephesus LED Sports Lighting, a US-based company that manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has supplied the Stadium with high performance LED stadium lights. Cree® LEDs power these ultra-bright stadium fixtures which provide uniform and much brighter lighting with no shadows on the playing field.
The Ephesus solution includes wired DMX controls on each fixture which interface with the control system to provide instant, one-touch control to switch between different light settings and levels and also create the capability to create unique fan experience effects. DMX is a communication protocol which enables the control of endless DMX enabled devises through a single control line, making installations and control very simple.
Now the broadcast camera crews do not need to open the camera’s aperture as wide to let in more light, they can present a clearer picture, show greater field depth, zoom in closer and even offer more detailed slow motion replays. The University of Phoenix Stadium installed 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures featuring 44,928 Cree® XLamp MK-R LEDs. These LED lights replace the older 780 metal halide fixtures. The new system uses just 310,000 watts of energy as compared to the 1.24 million watts needed to power the previous system— a 75% reduction in overall sports lighting energy consumption! (Each Ephesus LED light provides nearly double the illumination of traditional metal halide lights.)
As an added and very important benefit, LED lights can be turned on and off quickly with the flick of a switch, whereas metal halide fixtures require a 20-minute warm-up period like the ones we saw slowly turning on after the Superbowl XLVII blackout in the Superdome. This on/off feature allows facility operators to create light shows for fan entertainment as well.
Ephesus Lighting luminaires have been operational for over 300,000 hours in more than 100 indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America.
So not only is the game “Super” but the lighting technology is “Super” as well.
For more information, visit the Ephesus website
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