One of the fastest growing trends in stadiums and sports arenas today is the popularity of LED lighting, which is replacing the old-school metal-halide lights. What initially sparked the interest of professional sports venues was the estimated 70% energy cost savings. However, the fans immediately noticed that the LED lighting enhanced the look of the game immensely.
Why LED Lighting?
While stadiums across the nation are switching to the LED systems, they are becoming the standard during the construction of new stadiums as well. Why? These systems use less energy and they are much more cost efficient to maintain. The LED lights offer longer burn time, they are brighter, they do not require “warm-up” time like the older metal halide lights did, and they do not flicker, due to the higher level of energy efficiency.
Enhanced Audience Experience
Overall, LED lighting is more economical and convenient, and with the ability to quickly switch from off to maximum brightness and everything in between with so much ease, they allow for those entertaining light shows that occur during halftime, player introductions, pre and post-show events, etc. Stadiums are finding that this more efficient, superior form of illumination is providing fans not only a better experience, but is also a highly engaging one overall. And, it’s not just the fans that are enjoying it; the players also enjoy the LED lighting because it makes it easier to see during the game, with the ease and ability to light up the entire field.
In addition to the spectacular light shows, the LED lighting systems allow for the more advanced scoreboard features such as the “flicker-free-slow-motion replays” and a crystal-clear picture of goal celebrations and highlights for everyone to see.
Popularity In Multiple Venues
Since these LED lighting systems require much less upkeep than the older designs, the trend is catching on not only with large sports venues but also with high schools and urban sports fields nationwide. However, it did take some time for the LED lighting systems to gain recognition and momentum with a wide variety of sports venues. While professional sports teams had their sights set on the LED lighting systems after they gained recognition following the 2013 Super Bowl blackout, LEDs were initially too expensive and could not compete with the legacy quality of the high-intensity discharge lighting (HID). However, with the advancement of technology, the improved energy efficiency and the superior lighting quality they produce, the LED lighting systems are ranking at the top of the list for venues ranging from high school to the big leagues.
More Precise Focus
With all the advancements in recent years, LED lighting systems now offer a much more precise focus, which prevents shadowing, as well as unnecessary use of light being delivered where it isn’t needed. This offers a higher level of uniformity and better experience for the players and fans alike. So given the cost savings, which ranges between 59% to 75%, along with the pleasing effects, it is easy to see why the LED lighting systems are transforming the game.