Eaton has announced that three of the four National Hockey League (NHL) and American Hockey League (AHL) venues hosting Stanley Cup and Calder Cup Championship games are equipped with its LED sports lighting and controls system. Featuring control functions, the Ephesus LED system gives facility operators control to enhance the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.
The three arenas, Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators, Van Andel Arena, home of the Grand Rapid Griffins and the Syracuse Crunch’s home ice at the War Memorial Arena at The OnCenter are three of the 12 arenas in the two leagues with the Ephesus LED lighting solution. In 2012, the War Memorial Arena was illuminated by LED lighting, and Bridgestone Arena made the switch before the 2015-2016 season and Van Andel Arena installed the Eaton system this season.
Despite installing fewer fixtures than the systems they replace, Eaton’s Ephesus light-emitting diode sports lighting product line provides lighting that illuminates more uniformly on the playing surface and offers an improved stage for players and fans watching live and on high-definition television. The system requires little to no maintenance and offers a low total operating cost compared to other traditional sports lighting systems.
“Hockey arenas were one of the early adopters of LED lighting so we are not surprised that three-quarters of the teams making it to the finals in these two leagues play their home games under our LED lights,” says Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “Since we installed solid-state lighting systems in North American sports arenas, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions offer an advantage when compared to conventional LED lights in creating a stage for fans and performers.”
The Eaton solution continues the acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton’s LED sports lighting system including: University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates); AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami Heat) and the historic Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
Eaton manufactures its Ephesus line of solid-state sports lighting solutions for a broad range of applications, from municipal ball fields to indoor and outdoor professional venues. These lighting solutions create sustainable environments. For more information, visit the website.