Super Bowl 2015 First To Be Played Under LED Lights

University of Phoenix StadiumNo matter what the outcome of Super Bowl 2015 is, the game itself will make history, because it will mark the first time that this iconic American game will be played under LED lights, which are promised to deliver “world-class” lighting for both the live spectators and those watching via HDTV broadcast.

The University of Phoenix Stadium recently replaced its inefficient metal halide lighting system with an LED lighting system from Ephesus Lighting, enabling the sports venue to double the lighting levels (from an average of 148fc to 277fc), using less than half the number lighting fixtures, while also cutting the stadium’s energy consumption for lighting by about 75%.

The stadium’s old lighting system of 780 metal halide fixtures had not only high maintenance and energy costs (a 1.24 million watt system), but also offered “poor light uniformity” for players, spectators, and broadcasters. The new system of LED lights, which consists of 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures, uses much less energy (310,000 watts), while also promising to deliver brighter, more uniform, light to the field, as well as to eliminate shadows on the playing surface.

For Super Bowl 2015, which will have a huge audience watching via broadcast, the LED lights from Ephesus will offer more accurate color reproduction and a clearer picture for the HDTV broadcasters, as well as enable greater camera zoom levels and more detailed slow motion replays for the viewers.

“The capabilities of LED technology have changed the way we view sports lighting. There is no doubt in our minds that both the fans in the stadium and millions more watching on television will see the game in a whole new light thanks to our ground-breaking system.” – Joe Casper, Founder and CTO of Ephesus Lighting

ephesus-LED-lightsIn addition to providing world-class illumination and reducing lighting energy demand for the stadium during Super Bowl 2015 (and beyond), the LED lights can also impart some resilience to the facility and flexibility to the operators, because instead of a 20-minute warmup period (as the old metal halide fixtures had), LED lights can be switched on and off instantly. Not only does this allow the lighting to be used effectively for entertainment such as light shows, but if a blackout occurs because of a power outage, as happened during Super Bowl 2013, the LED lights can be immediately turned back on without the lengthy warmup period.

The Ephesus Stadium Pro LED lighting system (Powered by Cree® LEDs) includes wired DMX controls for each fixture, which interfaces with the main control system and allows operators to make instant changes to light levels and settings, enabling more precise management of the stadium lighting for custom “fan experience effects.”

You can find out more about the LED lights from Ephesus that were installed at the University of Phoenix Stadium (PDF), as well as at over 100 other indoor and outdoor venues, at the company’s website.

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