The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the 2018-19 season at AMALIE Arena skating for the first time under the Ephesus Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System, Lightning Chief Executive Officer Steve Griggs announced today. Provided by Eaton, a worldwide power management company, this new, revolutionary Ephesus product is being used for the first-time in the National Hockey League and it promises to improve the arena experience for players, fans and broadcasters.
“On the day that the Green Sports Alliance is celebrating Green Sports Day, we are proud to announce that AMALIE Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning are debuting the most modern LED lighting system in sports” said Griggs upon making the announcement. “Our facility operations team will benefit from the many advantages that LED lighting offers and our environment will benefit as we lessen our footprint moving forward. But what sets the Lumadapt system apart from the others is the ability to continually upgrade and expand its capabilities as new functionality and technologies are developed. It is truly cutting edge.”
At a cost of more than $600,000, this Ephesus Lumadapt system is the industry’s first adaptive fully customizable LED sports lighting and controls system, allowing facility operators to buy what they need today and then remotely update, adapt and expand the system as their needs change and new technologies and features become available.
The arena’s lighting system was last upgraded in 2011 when 242 metal halide fixtures were installed as part of a multi-million-dollar facility transformation shortly after Jeff Vinik purchased the Lightning and the lease-hold right to AMALIE Arena.
Lumadapt’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 expand with a wide range of a-la-carte options such as; RGBA color, beam tuning, color temperature tuning, remote health/status monitoring, and dynamic scene builder with capability to make personalized scenes. As additional functionality is developed or updated, Lumadapt customers can pick and choose the functionality they need to upgrade the system.
“We commend the Lightning for helping us usher in a new era of LED lighting at AMALIE Arena that frees facility operators and owners from a one-size-fits-all approach that locks them into today’s technology for decades,” said Lee Davis, General Manager of Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting. “Lumadapt unlocks the full power and connectivity of solid state lighting by evolving and expanding as needs change and new functionality becomes available.”
This Eaton solution adopted by the Lightning continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton’s Ephesus LED sports lighting system including five other NHL arenas, ten American Hockey League (AHL) venues and numerous community skating rinks.