Under the Right Lights

Ryan Center
University of Rhode Island

LED lighting has been revolutionizing facilities of all kinds, helping owners reduce their costs, as well as save energy. And now, this type of light is making its way into sports facilities and arenas.

The University of Rhode Island's Thomas M. Ryan Center, in Kingston, R.I., recently became one of the first NCAA Division I college basketball arenas in the country to be illuminated by an innovative new LED lighting system from Ephesus Lighting.

"Our fans and student-athletes deserve the best and, after much research, it became clear to us that the Ephesus LED lighting system is a superior arena-lighting product on the market," said Jim Cordeiro, director of facilities for the Ryan Center.

The new lighting system replaces a metal halide lighting system that was installed when The Ryan Center was built in 2002. The new LED system, which exceeds all NCAA Division I basketball lighting standards, is projected to reduce power consumption at the Ryan Center by more than 70 percent and provide significant savings in energy and maintenance costs over the next decade. At the same time, it improves the brightness on the court by more than 50 percent.

"LED is the natural evolution of arena and stadium lighting for many reasons, but most importantly, the Ephesus Lighting solution provides an optimal stage for events players and fans," said Mike Lorenz, chief operating officer of Ephesus Lighting Inc. "LED makes sense for the owner who wants the payoff from a long-term investment; the facility operator who wants flexibility and reduced maintenance and operating expenses; and the team who want reliability and the optimal venue for their fans."

Not only do the student-athletes and fans in the arena benefit from the patented technology, which significantly reduces light glare on the basketball court, but so too do fans watching on television. The technology exceeds HDTV broadcasting requirements and inhibits interference to televised broadcasting and wireless communication systems. The patented optics and control system provides the ability to precisely control the amount of light where, when and how it is needed. The lights maintain constant color temperature over full dim range and eliminate the flickering effect of other lighting systems that can be visible in high-definition broadcasting.

Other arenas that employ the lighting system include the War Memorial Arena, home of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League; the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena & The Forum Theater, home of the Binghamton Senators; the Webster Bank Arena, home to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; the BMO Harris Bank Center, home to the Rockford Ice Hogs; and the Ricoh Coliseum, home to the Toronto Marlies.

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