Super Bowl XLIX is scoring a major energy efficiency touchdown. For the first time, a Super Bowl is being played under LED lighting.
Millions of television viewers and over 63,000 in attendance at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, will watch the National Football League’s (NFL) showcase game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. This is a perfect showcase for LED lighting systems on the grandest stage in football.
“This year LED sports lighting has proved to be ready for primetime as we illuminated more than 1,000 sporting events with our Ephesus LED stadium and arena lights,” said Ephesus Lighting’s President, Mike Hornez. He said the Super Bowl is a perfect fit for Ephesus LED lights, the future of lighting.
In comparison to regular lighting systems, Cree’s LED lighting system for Ephesus provides many advantages.
First, the Ephesus lighting system provides a big advancement in illumination, compared to its predecessor.
Second, LED lighting reduces playing surface shadows, thanks to more and better uniform lights. This provides a crisper viewing experience for fans in attendance, or at home watching on HDTV.
Joe Casper, CTO and Founder of Ephesus Lighting, said fans watching on TV or live will notice a clearer experience this year with its “ground-breaking” lighting system.
“The capabilities of LED technology have changed the way we view sports lighting,” he said.
Third, the LED lighting system at the University of Phoenix Stadium is more energy efficient, using 75% less energy than the earlier system.
Major pro sports events and other NFL teams have made major strides in sustainability in recent times. CleanTechnica writer Silvio Marcacci suggests this year’s Super Bowl could well be the greenest in history, even surpassing last year’s edition at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
LED lights will play a significant role in reducing energy use in major sporting stadiums. Consider the Minnesota Vikings also recently announced they are switching to LED lights for their new stadium — scheduled to open in 2016.
As LED’s potential grows, this year’s Super Bowl provides a great showcase of what this technology can do for lighting up the world and energy efficiency.