We posted recently about how the Seattle’s Mariners will soon flood their baseball diamond with light from newly installed LED fixtures– and save a huge amount of money on lighting costs in the process. That field won’t feel the effect until April, when the baseball season starts, but this weekend, the most popular sport in America will celebrate a new champion with updated lights in tow. Whether you’re at the game or viewing from your couch in Scottsdale, you’ll notice that the arena in Phoenix that will host the game also houses a new system of LED lights that reduce the costs of keeping the field lit.
Are You Ready For Some LEDs
The lights in the stadium aren’t brand new. They’ve been keeping the field bright for the majority of the season. Their usage, however, has provided an excellent example for NFL franchises and all sports teams across the country as well as organizations right here in Scottsdale.
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona now consumes around 310,000 watts per month as opposed to the 1.24 million watts eaten up by the lighting fixtures alone prior to the switch. By going with an LED system over the traditional, high intensity discharge lights that keep arenas and stadiums bright, the lighting bill for games and events comes in at just 25 percent of the previous totals. Whether you’re running a warehouse, lighting a PeeWee field in Scottsdale or going even bigger than that, the financial aspect alone is enough to show the true value of LEDs for large indoor and outdoor spaces.
Field and Screen
The new lights are not just meant to benefit people who are physically at the stadium. The more than 110 million people who are expected to watch the game from somewhere other than the stadium could notice a difference as well. As the skies get dark, the lights will pop on and provide more color correct lighting for the field. That will translate to the high definition televisions at homes across the nation.
Another benefit of LEDs for sports organizations is the ability to control the lights more quickly. In 2013, an error led to a blackout of half of the field during the Super Bowl. Players stood on the sidelines and waited for the field to get back to optimal brightness because the older fixtures took a long time to turn on. LEDs get to peak brightness within mere seconds. On the off chance that that happens again, the downtime will be minimal.
Lighting Up History
As you hit the couch this Super Bowl (or if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to watch live,) you’re watching history for reasons that have nothing to do with improperly inflated footballs. Even as the commercials continue to cost millions for 60 seconds of air time, the cost of running the lighting and the carbon footprint created by the event has gone down drastically.
People and business throughout Scottsdale can cut down on electricity bills and carbon footprints like University of Phoenix Stadium was able to. Your effort may be on a smaller scale, but the result is the same. LEDs can save money, and they pay for themselves quickly because of the huge reduction in power. If you’re ready to find out what LEDs can do for your organization, then call us for a free energy audit.