Power management company Eaton today announced that Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami and the Orange Bowl, plans to implement an advanced light-emitting diode (LED) system designed to enhance the viewing experiences for stadium spectators and television audiences, while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent. The new Ephesus Lighting LED system will be implemented for the beginning of the 2016 NFL football season.
The new LED system, with its instant-on capability, eliminates the warm-up period associated with more traditional bulb-based lighting such as metal halide products. This contributes to an enhanced fan viewing experience and enables venues to instantly resume lighting after concerts and other non-sports events and halftime shows.
“As we researched LED lighting options in the marketplace that would help us transform Sun Life Stadium, it became evident that the digital lighting solution developed by Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting was a very competitive, well-engineered system that would meet our unique and specific needs,” Miami Dolphins senior vice president of stadium renovations Bill Senn said.
The Ephesus LED lighting system is brighter than the previous system and through its industry-leading glare-control innovations, its fixtures shine more uniformly on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players and fans both in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television. The versatility of an LED system also allows for operational flexibility and the creation of programmable light shows for fan entertainment. Ephesus LED solutions are easy to install, virtually maintenance-free for years and offer facilities the lowest total operating costs compared to other sports lighting systems.
“Since 2012, when we installed the first LED lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions create the optimal stage for fans and performers,” said Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “Our success at venues of various sizes has established a new standard of what fans, performers, television broadcasters and facility operators expect from lighting.”
Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting luminaires have been operational for over 20 million hours at indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America including the University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); the Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa Senators); Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators); Duke University; Cornell University and many more.
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chair of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, are the oldest continuous major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida. The Dolphins were founded by Joe Robbie in 1965 and began play in the American Football League as an expansion team in 1966 and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships following the 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII) seasons. The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships. The Dolphins play home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and train at Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. This year, the organization celebrates 50 seasons in South Florida. For more information, visit dolphins.com.
Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets. The business is focused on innovating advanced LED solutions that will enrich and illuminate the world, by creating brighter, more vibrant and more sustainable environments. For more information, visit www.ephesuslighting.com, follow us on Twitter @EphesusLighting or contact us at 315-579-2873 or [email protected].
Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.
Eaton is a power management company with approximately 97,000 employees. The company provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.