Super Bowl goes green with LED stadium lights
When the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, the mammoth sporting event will be greener and significantly brighter than ever before. That’s because the University of Phoenix is the first Super Bowl host in the event’s history to light its stadium entirely with LEDs. In the process, they will be cutting energy use by 75 percent and saving on cooling costs too.
The energy savings that come with using LEDs over conventional metal halide lights are significant. The system, which features Cree LEDs installed by Ephesus Lighting, uses 310,000 watts of energy as opposed to the 1.24 million watts needed to power the previous system. In total this creates a 75 percent reduction in energy usage.
And the benefits are solely savings or environmental – LED lights are better for viewers at home watching the game too. LEDs cast a brighter, more uniform light that eliminate shadows on the field and allow the game’s videographers to capture action more sharply with a greater depth of field. They’re better suited for HDTV broadcasts because the lights reproduce colors more accurately and allow for more detailed slow motion replays.
And if that wasn’t enough to sell a stadium on the benefits of investing in LEDs, there’s another advantage: the lights can be turned back on with the flick of a switch. Why does this matter? Conventional metal halides need a 20 minute warm-up period, which, if you have a blackout – and we all remember the infamous blackout of Super Bowl 2013 – that means you have a long delay on your hands. With LEDs, the lights come back on as soon as the power does. Resetting the lights is immediate.
Conway Corporation cable subscribers can take in the entire LED Super Bowl experience on Sunday, February 1 at 5 p.m. on channel 4 or in HD on channel 503.