Arenas Glide Toward LEDs

Syracuse War Memorial Arena
Syracuse War Memorial Arena
Following the puck may get easier at American Hockey League arenas, as an increasing number convert to LED. Eaton reports that two more AHL venues–the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Col., and the XL Center in Hartford, CT, installed its Ephesus sports lighting solution for the 2018-19 season. Additionally, the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY, the first professional sports venue to install an LED lighting solution in 2012, upgraded its current lighting with the Ephesus Lumadapt sports lighting system. Ten of the AHL’s 31 arenas now use one of Eaton’s Ephesus LED lighting solutions.

The Budweiser Events Center has installed an adaptive fully customizable LED sports lighting and controls system, which allows facility operators to buy what they need today and then remotely update the system as their needs change and new technologies become available. The system’s smart-cloud data approach connects the entire system, thus allowing users to remotely monitor system heath and instantly upload new features, functionality and system upgrades. The fully integrated system can be built out with a wide range of a-la-carte options such as RGBA color, beam tuning, color temperature tuning, remote health/status monitoring and a dynamic scene builder with the capability to make personalized shows.

The XL Center chose a different system with color temperature tuning capabilities and a wired DMX control system with 100 percent dimming capabilities and RGBA color flooding fixtures.