For decades, sports stadiums have used metal halide lights and other high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps to illuminate the playing surfaces. But now, arenas are turning to LED lights, which have already made their way in everything from city street lights to landscape lights. Sports stadiums, however, have been hesitant to adopt LED lighting due to concerns about display of colors on broadcast television. The huge upfront capital cost is the other factor that has restricted the stadium managers to invest in LED lightings.
The technological advances in the lighting and invention of HDTV broadcast have reversed the concerns about the light quality. Team managers and broadcasters now agree that LED technology provides more uniform field lighting as well as reduces the glare and shadows, both in the field and on television. The differences in cost have also become negligible. In 2012, an LED system was 8% more expensive than metal halides. However, by 2014, the cost of LED seems to have wiped out the difference.
Major stadiums and sports teams of baseball, basketball, football and hockey are increasingly adopting the idea of installing LED technology in their stadiums to improve performance and save on electricity costs. Back in 2014, Chelsea, a London soccer club, took the initial steps to replace its 138-year-old Stamford Bridge ground with Philip’s ArenaVision LED floodlighting system. Recently, AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, one of the largest venues in the NFL, switched to LED lighting solution. The motivation behind the switch was to provide an optimal experience to the audience, players and broadcast viewers.
The LED technology can be a real game-changer in the world of sports lighting. LEDs not only deliver a better quality light but are also fully compliant with the high-definition telecast. The reduced maintenance cost and significant energy savings in the long run have influenced many sports venues to switch to LEDs.
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