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02.03.15

Ephesus Post Super Bowl Recap

Seahawks, Patriots, & Katy Perry Put on Super Show under Super Lights

America’s biggest sporting event deserves the brightest look. This Super Bowl shone like no other.

From the pregame music and introductions, to Katy Perry’s halftime concert to the final celebration of New England’s championship, University of Phoenix Stadium was, well, a beacon in the desert. The natural grass field was immaculate, highlighted by the logos of the Patriots and Seahawks, and the NFL’s shield. The stands were filled with Seahawks and Patriots colors. And it was all illuminated to perfection by the LED lighting system set up by Ephesus Lighting engineers.

University of Phoenix Stadium is the only NFL venue currently using the Ephesus LED lighting system, which reduces energy usage by more than 75 percent and provides more light, more evenly distributed throughout the playing surface than ever before. After Sunday’s performance, not only by both teams in a Super Bowl classic, and by Ms. Perry, but by Ephesus Lighting, shouldn’t every stadium and arena in pro sports consider LED technology?

No football fan will ever forget the lengthy third-quarter blackout in New Orleans for the 2013 Super Bowl. Had the Superdome employed LED lighting, it would never have been an issue as the lights would have been back on almost instantly after power was restored.

Indeed, the lights were totally shut off for the halftime extravaganza in Glendale, Arizona, in which Ms. Perry’s wild airborne show began with a totally darkened stadium. As she rode out on a mechanical tiger, the crowd hushed in anticipation. But perhaps some of the fans also wondered how long it would take to get the lights back on throughout the building when she was done.

No time at all, it turned out. Always does with the LED system. No way can metal halide lights do that.

Unlike any other stadium lighting system, the Ephesus system was able to enhance the halftime spectacle.

As the game proceeded with the stadium roof open, the encroaching darkness was a total nonfactor. The LED lights made it seem like a day game all the way through until the Patriots’ revelries.

There also was a competitive advantage to the LED lights. No, not for either of the teams, but for the officiating crew. The enhanced lighting meant making calls were easier. Referee Bill Vinovich and his crew never needed to go to replay for any controversial calls, but if he had, the crispness of the LED-enhanced slow-motion video would have simplified his chores.

Meanwhile, everyone in the stadium, from the players and coaches to the media and the fans, were able to view the clearest replays on the video boards. And every play was replayed on the boards.

The LED system allowed NBC cameras to get more clarity and a greater depth of focus. That resulted in tighter zoom-ins on replays and super slow motion, with the “flicker-effect” or blurriness often associated with zooming in totally eliminated.

So the question remains: Why aren’t the Ephesus LED lights in every stadium and arena?

Slide show of game photos: http://www.nfl.com/photos/0ap3000000463651

Half time performance photos:
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/super-bowl-xlix/katy-perry-takes-reins-super-bowlhalftime-show-n298336

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