Power management company Eaton reported that Hawkins Field, the home field of the Vanderbilt University men’s baseball team in Nashville, Tennessee, has installed an LED system from its company Ephesus Lighting. The University introduced the system to improve the viewing experiences for spectators while reducing energy use as much as 75 percent.
The Commodores opened their season under the illumination of the Ephesus Lighting LED system on February 19 against the University of San Diego. They will play three more night games this week, with a game against Northern Illinois University on March 15 and games against Mississippi State University on March 18 and 19.
The new LED system features Ephesus Stadium Pro lights. The system employs a DMX control system, which enables dynamic fan experience effects and increases operational flexibility. The new lights at Hawkins Field have can turn on instantly, eliminating the warm-up period of traditional metal halide lighting products.
“Our new LED lights from Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting make Hawkins Field an even better place to play and watch a game,” said Kevin Colon, associate athletic director, Vanderbilt University. “As we researched the LED lighting options available, it was clear to us that Ephesus Lighting had the best solution from the standpoint of lighting quality, operations flexibility and energy efficiency.”
The Ephesus LED system uses the company’s glare-control innovations. The luminaires emit light more uniformly on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players and fans both in the stadium and for those watching on high-definition television. The LED system can create programmable light shows for fan entertainment. Ephesus LED claims that its sports lighting solutions are easy to install, virtually maintenance-free for many years and offer the lowest total operating costs compared to other sports lighting.
“Since we installed the first LED lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions create an enhanced stage for fans and performers,” said Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “Our recent installation at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, Hawkins Field at Vanderbilt and others, illustrates that baseball stadium facility operators are clearly seeing the benefits that our digital lighting solution offers them, as well as their fans, players, and broadcasters.”