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LED’s Shed New Light on Sports Stadiums

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Replacing Olds Lights With LEDs

Photo by Alex Korolkoff on Unsplash

Traditionally, sports stadiums lights are metal halide lights, which are high-intensity discharge lighting fixtures. These lighting fixtures typically use around 263,000 kilowatts of power annually in a sports stadiums. When LED lights were first put into War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, N.Y., they only used 32,000 kilowatts of power annually.

Additionally, LED lights provided more direct light on the ice during hockey games than the metal halide lights. LED lights produce light in a specific direction, unlike high-intensity discharge lights, which shoot light in different directions. This means that LED lights can focus directly in one area better than high-intensity discharge lights can.

Previously, blackouts at sports stadiums were frequent with the metal halide lights. It could take the lights nearly half an hour to turn back on. With the new LED lights, blackouts are rare. Plus, it only takes the LED’s 1.5 seconds to reach full brightness after being turned on.

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LED’s Versatility in Multi-Use Sport Stadiums

Besides the technical benefits, LED lights can also up the entertainment factor at sports stadiums. They can be programmed to a different color, like the color of the winning team that night. They can flash, dim, and even spell out words. The lights can be programmed to whatever sets the mood like for the night. It also adds an additional dimension of entertainment for fans. This also makes sports stadiums lighting more versatile to host concerts, conferences, and other large scale events.

Benefits of LED’s in Sports Stadiums: A Case Study

In addition to the technical and entertainment advantages that LED lights provide in arenas, there are many other benefits of LEDs. For instance, the Dee Center sports stadium at Weber State University has recorded a 70% cut in power used by the center since installing an LED lighting system, which saves the school around $25,000 per year. The lifespan of an LED light is roughly 150,000 to 160,000 hours, which is roughly 17-19 years, eliminating the need to replace bulbs yearly.

In addition to the long lifespan of LED lights, they don’t emit any sound, unlike metal halide lights, which emit a buzzing sound. The bright, white light from LED’s is also beneficial to the vision of fans, cameras, and players. Camera operators at the Dee Center have noticed a difference in the quality of what they shoot due to the lighting. The Dee Centers LED lighting improved the HD definition broadcast ability of TV cameras. This translates to a better experience for people watching at home too, not just the fans at the sports stadium.

The Dee Center has experienced great success with their LED system. So much success that other universities around Utah are asking them about it. They are curious as to whether or not it would be beneficial to their school too. The overall answer is yes, LED lighting saves money, has a longer lifespan, emits less heat and uses less power than traditional arena lighting.

 

Teachers Giveaway Recap

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On May 22, we launched our Teachers Giveaway campaign. The Teachers Giveaway was a photo contest where teachers across the United States were offered the opportunity to submit a photo of their classroom and share it on social media to earn votes in order to win one of 20 free Light Frames from Green Light Innovations.

Illustration of the Green Light Innovations Light Frame

Green Light Innovations has always put a lot of stock in this country’s educators. Teachers in the United States are consistently underpaid, overworked, and under-appreciated. Additionally, the average American teacher spends over $500 per year to stock his or her classroom with supplies. For these reasons, Green Light wanted to brainstorm a campaign that would not only recognize teachers for their hard work, but would also thank them by giving away a free product.

 

The Green Light Innovations Light Frame is the perfect product to add to any classroom. The write on, wipe off board allows teachers to post announcements, reminders, and daily messages for their class. It can be used for open houses, book fairs, and other special events. The bright LED message board illuminates a message to capture the attention of students, administrators, and parents. 

Light Frame with homework reminder written on it

We recruited four bloggers to help us in our efforts. Bloggers have made a huge effort to not only demonstrate the hard work that goes into teaching, but also providing resources to teachers to make their jobs easier. The bloggers at Little Kinder Warriors, First Grade Brain, Surfing through Second, and Laugh Eat Learn blew us away with their efforts to promote the Teachers Campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. They created content using the Green Light Innovations Light Frame, and shared it with their vast networks of teachers, encouraging them to enter the Teachers Giveaway.

 

After ten days of the contest, we had over one hundred and forty teachers submit photos of their classrooms. Teachers from all over the nation submitted photos and shared their photos on social media. The top twenty submissions with the most votes were selected to win the Green Light Innovations Light Frame. Some of our top performers garnered over 800 votes, and the photos we received were incredible. Our submissions included jungle themed classrooms, space themed classrooms, classrooms with innovative storage solutions, and student learning centers.

 

 

Jungle themed classroom

We are so excited to be shipping Green Light Innovations Light Frames to twenty deserving winners. We hope the teachers that won Light Frames will use them often in their classrooms, but even more so we hope that they feel a little bit more appreciated for the work that they do everyday. Green Light Innovations cannot wait to partner with the education community in the future and we look forward to offering more promotions to our country’s educators soon.