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.