Power management company Eaton has announced that its advanced Ephesus light-emitting diode (LED) sports lighting and controls system is being installed at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the 2017 season. The LED system gives facility operators unsurpassed control to enhance the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.
The Pirates become one of five Major League Baseball teams playing home games under Eatonís LED sports lighting solution this season. They join the Texas Rangers, who last season became the first team to install Eatonís Ephesus LED Lighting and controls system, as well as the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians, who are also installing the system this season.
ďWe selected Eatonís sports lighting system in large part because of its industry-leading glare control and overall performance capabilities that will make PNC Park an even better place to watch and play,Ē said Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. ďThe systemís ability to provide high-quality and consistent lighting and game entertainment functions is consistent with our mission of making PNC Park the best place to watch a ballgame. We know our fans will enjoy the many new and exciting capabilities these lights offer.Ē
The system being installed at PNC Park features Ephesus Stadium Pro fixtures with a wired DMX control system. The innovative control system is available with 100 percent dimming capabilities, color temperature tuning and advanced control capabilities within each fixture.
Despite installing significantly fewer fixtures than the previous systems, Eatonís Ephesus sports lighting product line will provide optimal lighting that illuminates more uniformly on the playing surface and offers an improved stage for players and fans watching live and on high-definition television. The system is easy to install, requires little to no maintenance for years, and offers the lowest total operating costs compared to other traditional sports lighting systems.
ďSince we installed the first ever solid-state lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions offer a distinct advantage when compared to conventional LED lights in creating an enhanced stage for fans and performers,Ē said Mike Lorenz, president, Eatonís Ephesus Lighting business. ďProfessional baseball teams have been especially drawn to the ability of our system to better minimize glare zones and keep lighting levels consistent for players and fans as the sun sets and it turns from dusk to the night sky.Ē