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Feature Article - March 2006

Ready for their Close-up

Scoreboards that steal the spotlight

By Dawn Klingensmith


When Thomas Edison discovered a practical form of incandescent lighting in 1879, his invention was such a momentous breakthrough that more than a century later, today's cartoonists still draw a light bulb over a person's head to signify the birth of a brilliant idea. Lately, however, many scoreboard manufacturers and buyers are taking a dim view of incandescent lighting.

The bulbs have short life spans and are shameless energy-suckers. For these and other reasons, incandescent scoreboards have begun a slow fade toward obsolescence, with some manufacturers predicting their eventual extinction.