Power management company Eaton has announced that American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, home of the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT, is installing its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode and controls system. The system enhances the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.
The Miami HEAT join the Minnesota Timberwolves this season as the first two NBA teams to install the system in their arenas. AmericanAirlines Arena joins a growing list of venues from all four major professional sports organizations to select the system.
“We rely heavily on lighting to set the stage for Miami HEAT games, creating the right environment for our players and our fans, said Michael McCullough, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Miami HEAT. This system allows us to introduce dramatic effects and color into our lighting presentations and we are very excited about its unveiling this season.
The new solid-state lighting system features patented color temperature tuning capabilities and controls that interface with the arena’s existing controls. It has 100 percent dimming capability, tunable light temperature and advanced control capabilities within each fixture. Typically, fewer fixtures are required.
“Since we installed the first solid-state lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that it creates an enhanced stage for both fans and performers, said Mike Lorenz, president of Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “We are confident that fans attending the many different types of events at AmericanAirlines Arena will experience a better game or show now.”
The Miami installation continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to our system including the University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators) and Globe Life Park (Texas Rangers), said Lorenz.